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Australia's smallest nocturnal bird lives in the same patch of woodland for most of its (cautious) life.

Description: Female Owlet-nightjars are reddish-brown or grey. Males are grey. Both have faint black bars and two distinct black marks above their eyes.

Diet: Owlet-nightjars are insectivores and eat a variety of insects, either during flight or on the ground.

In the wild: They are harder to find with a torch or spotlight than most of Australia’s other nocturnal birds because their large brown eyes do not reflect the light. They are also very small. In fact, the Owlet-nightjar is Australia’s smallest nocturnal bird.

Threats: Habitat destruction is a threat to Owlet-nightjars as fewer trees mean fewer places for them to raise their young.

Did you Know?

Both Owlet-nightjar parents incubate eggs in the nest and feed newborn chicks.

Nocturnal House
Scientific Name
Aegotheles cristatus cristatus
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Body Length
21-25 cm
About 50 g
About 4 weeks
Number of Eggs
Australia and southern New Guinea
Various habitats with trees and suitable hollows
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