Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) - HBW 5, p. 264
French: Égothèle d’Australie
Spanish: Egotelo Australiano
Other common names: Crested/Savanna Owlet-nightjar
Taxonomy: Caprimulgus cristatus Shaw et al., 1790, New South Wales = Sydney area.
Apparently a close relative of A. bennettii, and formerly considered conspecific; A. bennettii affinis sometimes erroneously included within present species. Variation complex, but much of it clinal, with largest birds in N of range; population in S New Guinea formerly treated as separate race, major, but appears to represent no more than end-point of size cline of nominate form; several other races listed in old literature are based on individual or polymorphic variation in coloration. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- cristatus (Shaw et al., 1790) - SE New Guinea between R Oriomo and Tarara (Port Moresby region); Australia.
- tasmanicus Mathews, 1918 - Tasmania.
- Least Concern
- No sound recordings available yet