Family Owlet-nightjars (Aegothelidae)

Data Deficient

Spangled Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles tatei)


French: Égothèle de Tate German: Tiefland-Käuzchenschwalm Spanish: Egotelo de Rand
Other common names: Starry Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles insignis tatei


, 1941,

low elevations at headwaters of Fly River, New Guinea


Previously placed with A. insignis and A. crinifrons in genus Euaegotheles. Until recently treated as a lowland race of A. insignis, but studies suggest that it should be afforded specific rank#R#R. Monotypic.


EC New Guinea lowlands around headwaters of Fly R, and Amazon Bay in SE New Guinea; recently recorded in Kali Muyu R, West Papua#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 25 cm. Rather similar to montane A. insignis, but differs in notably smaller size, considerable reduction of white markings, especially on underparts and above... read more


Not described. Territorial calls and alarm calls have been recently recorded.


Lowland forest.

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


No information; presumed to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

Thought to be not globally threatened; currently considered Data Deficient. Extensive lowland forests remain in the regions from which it has been recorded, so the species is... read more

Recommended citation

Holyoak, D.T., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Spangled Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles tatei). 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 17 February 2020).