Long-whiskered owlet-nightjar

Long-whiskered owlet-nightjar
Aegotheles crinifrons

Photo by Ong Kiem Sian (Oriental Bird Images)

Common name:
long-whiskered owlet-nightjar (en); noitibó-coruja-das-Molucas (pt); égothèle des Moluques (fr); egotelo moluqueño (es); Molukkenschwalm (de)

Order Caprimulgiformes
Family Aegothelidae

This species is endemic to the Mollucas Islands, in Indonesia, being found in North Maluku, Halmahera, Kasiruta and Bacan.

These birds are 27-31 cm long and weigh 105-170 g.

These birds are found in moist tropical forests and plantations, from sea level up to an altitude of 1.800 m.

They feed on insects and other small arthropods.

Long-whiskered owlet-nightjars nest in tree hollows. The female lays 2-5 eggs which are incubated by both parents for about 4 weeks. The chicks fledge 3-5 weeks after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a relatively large breeding range and is reported to be common on Halmahera. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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