New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi)

The New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar bird is a rare bird species that inhabits the dense tropical forests of New Caledonia. This bird is known for its unique appearance and behavior, which makes it an interesting subject of study for bird enthusiasts and researchers alike.

The New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar bird is a small bird, measuring around 16 centimeters in length and weighing just 20 grams. Its body is brown and grey in color, while its wings are rufous-brown with white spots. The bird's bill is short and curved, and its eyes are large and bright, allowing it to navigate through the forest at night.

This bird is primarily nocturnal, meaning that it is active during the night and sleeps during the day. Its diet consists of insects such as moths and beetles, which it catches in mid-air while flying. It can also be seen perched on a branch, waiting for its prey to come to it. The New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar bird is not migratory, which means that it spends its entire life in New Caledonia.

The New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar bird is a solitary bird, preferring to live alone or in pairs. It is also a secretive bird, rarely seen by humans due to its nocturnal habits and the dense forests where it lives. However, its unique call can be heard at night, which resembles a soft, low-pitched whistle.

While the New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar bird is not considered endangered, its population is in decline due to habitat loss caused by deforestation in New Caledonia. The bird is also threatened by introduced predators, such as rats and cats.

In conclusion, the New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar bird is an intriguing and rare bird species, which has adapted well to its tropical forest environment in New Caledonia. Its unique appearance and behavior make it a fascinating subject of study for ornithologists, as well as a reminder of the importance of preserving natural habitats to protect these rare species.

Other names

Aegotheles savesi



New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar

egotel de Nova Caledònia



mrka sovašica

lelčík černý

Ny Caledonisk Uglesvale

Nieuw-Caledonische Dwergnachtzwaluw


Égothèle calédonien


Egotele di New Caledonia


Naujosios Kaledonijos pelėdinis varliažiotis


sownik nowokaledoński


Черноспинный совиный лягушкорот

Sovasti leganj sa Nove Kaledonije

lelčík paitský

Egotelo de Nueva Caledonia


Yeni Kaledonya Egoteli

еготело новокаледонський

uuskaledoonia õõnesorr

új-kaledón kuvikfecske