Monotypic species endemic to the Philippines (Negros and Panay).
Split from Philippine Scops Owl Otus megalotis.
Miranda, H.C., Jr., Brooks, D.M. and Kennedy, R.S. (2011) Phylogeny and taxonomic review of Philippine lowland scops owls (Strigiformes): parallel diversification of highland and lowland clades. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(3): 441-454