New monotypic species endemic to Cebu in the Philippines. Previously attributed to Philippine Boobook Ninox philippensis spilonota but separated and elevated to species rank in
Rasmussen, P.C., Allen, D.N.S., Collar, N.J., DeMeulemeester, B., Hutchinson, R.O.P, Jakosalem, G.C., Kennedy, R.S., Lambert, F.R. & Paguntalan, L.M. (2012) Vocal divergence and new species in the Philippine Hawk Owl Ninox philippensis complex. Forktail 28: 1-20.