the Australian Owlet-nightjar is a small nocturnal bird with an owl-like appearance. There are two colour variations - a reddish tan form and a grey form. The underside of both forms is white. The bird has large dark eyes with dark stripe through eye towards top of the head. The mouth has prominent long bristles around it. The tail is fairly long with dark bars. Although rarely seen, this bird is quite common.
around 22cm - 24cm
found in a wide range of habitats including forest, open woodland, scrub, grassland
Owlet-nightjar feed at night mainly on insects caught on the ground, in trees or in flight.
lays three to four white eggs in tree hollow or other crevice The nest hollow is lined with leaves
found throughout Australia in suitable habitat. Also found in New Guinea
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Australian Owlet-nightjar|