Wallaces Owlet-nightjar (aegotheles wallacii)

Wallaces Owlet-nightjar

[order] APODIFORMES | [family] aegothelidae | [latin] aegotheles wallacii | [UK] Wallaces Owlet-nightjar | [FR] aegothele de Wallace | [DE] Fleckenschwalm | [ES] Egotelo de Wallace | [NL] Wallace’s Dwergnachtzwaluw


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Aegotheles wallacii AU New Guinea
Aegotheles wallacii gigas s New Guinea, Weyland Mts. (wc New Guinea)
Aegotheles wallacii manni n New Guinea
Aegotheles wallacii wallacii nw and sc New Guinea, Aru Is.

Physical charateristics

Patterned brown, grey, rufous, buff and black. Large head, large forward-facing eyes within a facial disk, rounded wings, small legs and feet, long toes that bear long claws.

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size min.: 20 cm size max.: 23 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 0  
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Australasia : New Guinea. Aegotheles wallacii is known only from New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea).


It is a hill-forest species which has been recorded below 1,540 m.


This species nest in holes, no further data.

Feeding habits

The diet includes insects such as spiders and millipedes.


It has been recorded from the Aru islands and Vogelkop in the far west across to Karimui in central Papua New Guinea. It is known from few specimens and very few recent observations; the paucity of records largely results from the extremely unobtrusive nature of the genus, and its call is poorly known. As a result its status cannot be assessed from the current data.
Wallaces Owlet-nightjar status Data Deficient


Presumably sedentary

Distribution map

Wallaces Owlet-nightjar distribution range map

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