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Aegotheles savesi (Enigmatic Owlet-Nightjar; New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar)

Wikipedia Abstract

The New Caledonian owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi) also known as the enigmatic owlet-nightjar, is a large owlet-nightjar (a kind of bird related to swifts and goatsuckers) with vermiculated grey-brown and black plumage. It has a long, slightly rounded tail, short, rounded wings, and long, stout legs. Its voice is unknown but similar birds make churring and whistling sounds. It is much larger than the related Australian owlet-nightjar.
View Wikipedia Record: Aegotheles savesi

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Aegotheles savesi

EDGE Analysis

This mysterious species, which has not been seen since 1998, continues to elude birdwatchers and researchers. It is known only from two specimens, which are held in museums in Liverpool, UK and Italy. The bird is endemic to the island of New Caledonia, which is in the South Pacific Ocean to the east of Australia. Compared to other owlet-nightjars, this species is larger and has longer legs, hinting at a more ground-dwelling existence. The bird has been classified as critically endangered as its population is unlikely to number more than 50 individuals. More research on the species’ ecological habits and range needs to be undertaken to inform conservation action.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 40.2608
EDGE Score: 6.4925
View EDGE Record: Aegotheles savesi


Diet [1]  Carnivore (Invertebrates)
Diet - Invertibrates [1]  100 %
Forages - Mid-High [1]  10 %
Forages - Understory [1]  30 %
Forages - Ground [1]  60 %
Nocturnal [1]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
New Caledonia dry forests France Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
New Caledonia rain forests France Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Massifs du Grand Sud: entre le mont Humboldt et la rivière Bleue New Caledonia (to France) A1, A2, A4ii

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Massifs du Grand Sud - entre le mont Humboldt et la rivière Bleue New Caledonia

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
New Caledonia New Caledonia Yes


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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