Barred owlet-nightjar

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Barred owlet-nightjar
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Aegothelidae
Genus: Aegotheles
A. bennettii
Binomial name
Aegotheles bennettii

The barred owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles bennettii) is a species of bird in the owlet-nightjar family Aegothelidae. It is found in New Guinea. The species was originally thought to be the same species as the Australian owlet-nightjar, until that species was found within the range of the barred owlet-nightjar. It was also considered to be the same species as the Vogelkop owlet-nightjar.[2] There are three subspecies, the nominate, from south-eastern New Guinea, A. b. wiedenfeldi from northern New Guinea, and A. b. plumifer from the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.[3]

The barred owlet-nightjar is 20 to 23 cm (7.9–9.1 in) and weighs 45–47 g (1.6–1.7 oz). The back is dark grey with buff vermiculations and pale undersides with dark barring. The face has broad buff eyebrows. The sexes are similar.[3]

Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests, or forest edge, up to 1,100 m (3,600 ft), or 800 m (2,600 ft) for the nominate race. A nest has been found in a dead trunk. The eggs are white, and the clutch size of the known nests is two eggs. The species is not thought to be threatened, as large areas of suitable habitat remain.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2014). "Aegotheles bennettii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Dumbacher, J; Pratt, T; Fleischer, R (December 2003). "Phylogeny of the owlet-nightjars (Aves: Aegothelidae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequence" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 29 (3): 540–549. doi:10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00135-0.
  3. ^ a b c Holyoak, D.T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Barred Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles bennettii). 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 9 March 2017).