Wallace's Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles wallacii)

The Wallace's Owlet-nightjar bird, also known as the Moluccan Owlet-nightjar, is a small and elusive bird that is native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. It is a member of the family Aegothelidae, which includes the Owlet-nightjars, a group of nocturnal birds that are found in Australia, New Guinea, and Southeast Asia.

The Wallace's Owlet-nightjar bird is named after the famous naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, who discovered it in the mid-19th century. It is a small bird, measuring only about 15 cm in length, with a wingspan of around 30 cm. It has a distinctive brown and white pattern on its feathers, which helps it blend in with its surroundings. It has large, dark eyes that are adapted for night vision, and a short, hooked beak that it uses to catch insects.

The Wallace's Owlet-nightjar bird is a nocturnal bird, meaning that it is most active at night. It spends most of its day hiding in dense foliage or in tree hollows, where it is difficult to spot. At night, it emerges to hunt for insects, which it catches in mid-air using its sharp talons.

Unfortunately, the Wallace's Owlet-nightjar bird is listed as a near-threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its population is declining due to habitat loss, as more and more of its forest habitat is destroyed for agriculture and logging. In addition, the bird is facing other threats, such as predation by introduced species, such as rats and cats, and hunting by humans, who sometimes capture them for the pet trade.

Efforts are being made to protect the habitat of the Wallace's Owlet-nightjar bird, and to raise awareness about its rarity and the need to conserve it. Conservationists are working with local communities to create sustainable livelihoods that do not involve the destruction of the bird's habitat, and to establish protected areas where the bird can thrive. These efforts are essential to ensuring that this unique and beautiful bird can continue to exist for generations to come.

Other names

Aegotheles wallacii



Wallace's Owlet-nightjar

egotel de Wallace



tamnoleđa sovašica

lelčík skvrnitý

Småplettet Uglesvale

Wallace' Dwergnachtzwaluw


Égothèle de Wallace


Egotele di Wallace


Voleso pelėdinis varliažiotis


sownik plamisty


Пятнистый совиный лягушкорот

Volesov sovasti leganj

lelčík svetloprsý

Egotelo de Wallace

vattrad uggleskärra

Wallace Egoteli

еготело темнокрилий


foltos kuvikfecske

Atoku wallacea