Like a miniature owl except for the weak pink feet. Bill very short and broad, eyes large, blackish brown. Plumage moth-like; dark-grey, freckles and barred light-brown and buff. Head marking: dark crescent starts above eye, goes back and returns under eye, encircling a grey, buff or rufous ear-patch; twin dark and buffish collars on hindneck. Immature: more buff or rufous.
Nocturnal. By day roosts in tree and stump hollows. Territories of about 50-100 ha. Sedentary, keeping to the same patch of woodland year in year out. Mates permanently.
Forest Woodland, Forest lands; eucalypt and acacia forests and woodlands throughout mainland Australia.
Photo Noonamah NT.
September to December, 3 to 4; white.Usually one brood per season, Incubation 25-27 days by both sexes, young fledge 20-30 days, remain with adults for several months after.
Kakadu National park
|| Australian Owlet-nightjar
|| Aegotheles cristatus
|| Least Concern
|| 205 - 240 mm.
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