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Caprimulgids

Owlet Frogmouths

Owlet frogmouths (or owlet nightjars) are eight species that make up the family Aegothelidae. These birds are Australasian, occurring in Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, and nearby islands. Their typical breeding habitat is open forests and brushlands.

Owlet frogmouths have long, pointed wings and a long, pointed tail. They are solitary, nocturnal animals that feed on insects in the air and on the ground. Owlet frogmouths lay their clutch of three to five eggs in tree cavities.

The owlet nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) occurs in savannas and open woodlands in Tasmania, Australia, and New Guinea. The grey or mountain owlet frogmouth (Aegotheles albertisi) is widespread in mountain forests of New Guinea.


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