Wildlife Journal Junior!
New Hampshire PBS

Home       |       Wild Files       |       N.H. Animals       |       Animals A-Z       |       Watch Online

Aegothelidae - Owlet-nightjars

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia

 
 Phylum:
Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Caprimulgiformes 
 Family: Aegothelidae

Barred Owlet-nightjarThe Aegothelidae family is made up of the owlet-nightjars. There are 10 species in this family.

They are found in New Guinea and Australia. Like their name suggests, they look like a cross between owls and nightjars.

Unlike some of the other members of the Caprimulgiformes order, they have tiny bills. Their bills are surrounded by bristles. While their bill is small, they can open it really wide! They have soft plumage that is a mixture of blacks, browns, grays, and white. Their plumage looks like the bark of a tree and helps camouflage them during the day. Owlet-nightjars have large round eyes and small feet.

Owlet-nightjars are nocturnal and eat insects. Owlet-nightjars usually hunt in the air, but sometimes they will hunt on the ground.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH (birds)
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Other Species Around the World

Allied Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles affinis Not Enough Data Asia Australia image More Info
Archbold's Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles archboldi Least Concern Asia Australia More Info
Australian Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles cristatus Least Concern Australia image More Info
Barred Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles bennettii Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
Feline Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles insignis Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info

 

Long-whiskered Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles crinifrons Least Concern Asia More Info
Mountain Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles albertisi Least Concern Asia Australia image More Info
New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar -Aegotheles savesi Critically Endangered Australia image More Info
Starry Owlet-nightjar  - Aegotheles tatei Not Enough Data Australia More Info
Wallace's Owlet-nightjar  - Aegotheles wallacii Not Enough Data Asia Australia More Info

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Allied Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles affinis profile Not Enough Data Asia Australia
The allied owlet-nightjar is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Archbold's Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles archboldi profile Least Concern Asia Australia
The Archbold's owlet-nightjar is found in West Papua, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Australian Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles cristatus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The Australian owlet-nightjar is the smallest of the nocturnal birds found in Australia.
Source: Birds in Backyards Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Australian Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles cristatus profile Photos Least Concern Australia
The Australian owlet-nightjar's eye do not reflect light at night like the eyes of some other nocturnal birds.
Source: Perth Zoo Intended Audience: Students Reading Level: Elementary School Teacher Section: No

Australian Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles cristatus profile Photos Audio Least Concern Australia
The Australian owlet-nightjar can range in color from gray to a rusty reddish-brown.
Source: Graeme Chapman Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Barred Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles bennettii profile Least Concern Asia Australia
The barred owlet-nightjar is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Feline Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles insignis profile Least Concern Asia Australia
The Feline owlet-nightjar is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Long-whiskered Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles crinifrons profile Least Concern Asia
The long-whiskered owlet-nightjar is also known as the Moluccan Owlet-nightjar.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Mountain Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles albertisi profile Least Concern Asia Australia
The mountain owlet-nightjar is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar  - Aegotheles savesi profile Photos Critically Endangered Australia
Most of what is known about this species comes from two specimens and one sighting in 1990.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Starry Owlet-nightjar - Aegotheles tatei Photos Australia
The starry owlet-nightjar is found in Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Wallace's Owlet-nightjar  - Aegotheles wallacii profile Asia Australia
Wallace's owlet-nightjar is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Source: BirdLife International Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No