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Australian Owlet-nightjar

(Aegotheles cristatus)
Alternate name(s): "Little Nightjar", "Banded Goat-sucker", "Crested Goat-sucker", "Moth Owl"
Aboriginal name(s): "cristatus": "yoodjyn" (WA); "teringing"

Size: 21-25 cm
Weight: 35-65 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Australian Owlet-nightjar at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cristatus"

ADULT

Frontal view of an Australian Owlet-nightjar looking out of a mossy hollow in a tree in high-altitude (1000 m) rainforest (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, March 2014]

Near-frontal view of an Australian Owlet-nightjar (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[O'Reilly's Plateau, Lamington NP, Gold Coast, QLD, March 2014]

Lateral view of an Australian Owlet-nightjar
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2008]

The same Australian Owlet-nightjar as above, now with its head turned; note the "hairy" appearance of the feathers on its head
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2008]

Dorsal view of an Australian Owlet-nightjar, showing clearly its rufous-grey morphology; also its bristles are visible in this view
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2008]

Frontal view, with sunlight from behind; besides the translucence of its tail feathers, its bristles are visible again
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, September 2008]

Frontal view of an Australian Owlet-nightjar peeking out of its hollow (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Alban's, NSW, February 2011]

Lateral view of an Australian Owlet-nightjar peeking out of its hollow (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Alban's, NSW, February 2011]

Food, Diet

Australian Owlet-nightjars are insect hunters.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

ozowlet_20140319_3.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
ozowlet_20140502_2.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
ozowlet_20151016_2.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
Contact calls (Q&A) © MD
ozowlet_20140924.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
Various (reaction to playback) © MD
ozowlet_20151016_1.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
? © MD
ozowlet_20151016_4.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
? © MD
ozowlet_20140502_3.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
? © MD
ozowlet_20151016_3.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
? © MD

The call sequence of an Australian Owlet-nightjar can be very slow. The following recording, taken during daylight hours (at about 8:30 in the morning), has calls separated by about 20 seconds each.

ozowlet_20140519_3.mp3 cristatus
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD

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