Family Owlet-nightjars (Aegothelidae)

Least Concern

Moluccan Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles crinifrons)


French: Égothèle des Moluques German: Molukkenschwalm Spanish: Egotelo moluqueño
Other common names: Long-whiskered Owlet-nightjar

Batrachostomus crinifrons


, 1850,

no locality = Halmahera


Previously placed with A. insignis and A. tatei in genus Euaegotheles. Monotypic.


Halmahera, Kasiruta and Bacan, in N Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

c. 29 cm; 105–167 g. Large owlet-nightjar and the only Aegotheles within its limited range. Upperparts finely vermiculated greyish brown, or black and buff,... read more


Recently described for first time. Wide variety of manic screams and cackles. Most frequent call,... read more


Lowland and hill forests; also tall secondary forests, forest edge and occasionally lightly wooded... read more

Food and feeding

Small insects. Feeds by sallying for small aerial insects from perches in middle storey (returning to same one); also by hover-gleaning... read more


No information available, although usually seen singly or in pairs, and occasional groups of 3–5 birds may constitute family parties. read more


Presumably sedentary, but scanty information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Maluku EBA. Known from few specimens. Little information, although species was found in 1994 on the... read more

Recommended citation

Holyoak, D.T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Moluccan Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles crinifrons). 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 on 24 February 2020).