Aegothelidae – Owlet-nightjars

Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) by Ian

Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) by Ian

And wild animals shall meet with hyenas; the wild goat shall cry to his fellow; indeed, there the night bird settles and finds for herself a resting place. (Isaiah 34:14 ESV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – APODIFORMES, Family –  Aegothelidae – Owlet-nightjars


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Species (9)

Aegotheles
Feline Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles insignis) IBC
Starry Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles tatei) ARKive
Moluccan Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles crinifrons) by Peter Ericsson
Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles wallacii) Drawing WorldBirds – Photo PofB
Mountain Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles albertisi) ©WikiC
New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi) ©Drawing WikiC
Barred Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles bennettii) ©WikiC
Vogelkop Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles affinis) Drawing Planetofbirds
Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) by Ian
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Owlet-nightjars are small nocturnal birds related to the nightjars and frogmouths. Most are native to New Guinea, but some species extend to Australia, the Moluccas, and New Caledonia. A New Zealand species is extinct. There is a single monotypic family Aegothelidae with the genus Aegotheles.

Owlet-nightjars are insectivores which hunt mostly in the air but sometimes on the ground; their soft plumage is a crypic mixture of browns and paler shades, they have fairly small, weak feet (but larger and stronger than those of a frogmouth or a nightjar), a tiny bill that opens extraordinarily wide, surrounded by prominent whiskers. The wings are short, with 10 primaries and about 11 secondaries; the tail long and rounded. (Wikipedia with editing)

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