Owlet-nightjars (Aegothelidae)

New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi) - HBW 5, p. 264

French: Égothèle calédonien German: Schwarzrückenschwalm Spanish: Egotelo de Nueva Caledonia

Taxonomy: Aegotheles savesi E. L. and E. L. C. Layard, 1881, Tongué, near Nouméa, New ­Caledonia.
Affinities difficult to judge, but plumage pattern and broad tail feathers are at least suggestive that present species may be most closely related to A. bennettii and A. cristatus. Possibly intermediate between extinct A. novaezealandiae (see page 252) and other members of family. Monotypic.

Distribution: SW New Caledonia.

  • Critically Endangered
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