Aegotheles cristatus

Aegotheles cristatus

owlet nightjar

(Australian owlet nightjar)

FAMILY

Aegothelidae

Species

Aegotheles cristatus

Common name

Australian owlet nightjar

Main colour

Grey to reddish-brown

Distinctive feature

Tail with fine blackish bars, black collar, size 21-24 cm

Campus

Townsville

Description

Another species heard but rarely seen, it has a grating voice. Upperparts usually grey with blackish markings on the head and a black colour but may be brownish. Underparts are a paler grey with brown and white bars. A few bristles rather than a plume around the bill. Legs and feet pink-grey, eyes brown, bill black. Photograph courtesy of Ian Montgomery, www.birdway.com.au