Order Caprimulgiformes

Family Aegothelidae

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  • Small to medium-sized nocturnal birds, with wide but rather weak bill, short legs and upright stance when perching.
  • Australasia.
  • Mainly forests or woodland, one species extending into open, dry scrubland.
  • 18-30 cm.
  • 1 genus, 10 species, 18 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Holyoak, D.T. (2020). Owlet-nightjars (Aegothelidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52262 on 26 January 2020).