New Zealand Owlet-nightjar
Temporal range: Pleistocene[1] to c. 13th Century, may have lived into the 19th Century
New Zealand Owlet-nightjar
Extinct  (ca. 1200 AD)
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Strisores
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Aegothelidae
Genus: Aegotheles
Species: A. novazelandiae
Binomial name
Aegotheles novazelandiae
(Scarlett, 1968)

Megaegotheles novazelandiae

New Zealand Owlet-nightjar, Aegotheles novaezelandiae is an extinct species of owlet-nightjar that was once found in New Zealand,[2] but believe to have been extinct by the early 13th century.[3]


This was the largest species of owlet-nightjar by far, at 35 cm (14 in) and weighing only 150–200 g (5.3–7.1 oz). Although this species is only known from partial skeletons, it most likely had an upright stance, facial-disk and forward-facing eyes.[3]

Similar species







  1. ^ RICH, P. V. and R. J. SCARLETT. 1976. Another look at Megaegotheles, a large owlet-nightjar from New Zealand. Emu 77: 1–8.
  2. ^ Cleere, Nigel (2010). Nightjars, Potoos, Frogmouths, Oilbird and Owlet-nightjars of the World. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691148571. 
  3. ^ a b Michaux, B. 2013. New Zealand owlet-nightjar. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online.

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