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The species was described by Allan Octavian Hume in 1873 based on a specimen that he obtained from F. R. Blewitt, who had collected it in December 1872 from Busnah-Phooljan near Basna on the Phuljar highway in eastern Madhya Pradesh. Francis Robert Blewitt (1815-1881) and his brother William Turnbull Blewitt (1816-1889) were sons of Francis Robert Blewitt (1787-1836) who served in the 8th Light Dragoons. Robert (as junior was referred to) was also in the army while William worked as a customs officer. Both were interested in birds and collected eggs and specimens. Valentine Ball mention that Robert collected extensively for him, but it is said that the specimens bear the labels of William and some credit the epithet to William Turnbull Blewitt. Some have suggested that William may have used his brother's name to avoid being questioned on his whereabouts as Hume was the head of the customs department. Hume placed the species in the genus Heteroglaux which he separated from Athene based on features of the skull. A molecular phylogenetic study in 2018 however identified it as being a member of the Athene clade.
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