Data for:
Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track
List:
Caprimulgiformes > Aegothelidae

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus

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Identification

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Smallest Australian nocturnal bird, primarily gray-brown with large eyes, relatively long tail, and "whiskers" on the face. During the day, usually seen only if one is peering out of a roosting hollow. Small size and near lack of eyeshine make this species also difficult to locate at night; the call, a loud, brief "chew," is the best way to locate one.

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