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Australian Owlet-Nightjar

Aegotheles cristatus


The Australian Owlet-nightjar is the smallest of the nocturnal birds found in Australia, as well as the most common and widespread. However, this is the first time my husband and I had ever seen one... in fact, we did not know they existed! Just amazing to see one out in the day like this. It is also, without a doubt, the cutest bird I've ever seen. It was only really small - I think the head and body (without tail) wouldn't have been more than about 15cm. The third photo in this series was taken by my husband Nathan (NathBig).

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ShannaB 8 years ago

Thank you, Steve. I think this is my favourite spotting of 2013.

Steve A
Steve A 8 years ago

I love these little guys. We rescued one a few years ago, and I had no idea what it was. They are apparently "common" but I have only ever seen one. Great shot :-)

LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Love this spotting Shanna. What a darling.

ShannaB 8 years ago

Thank you everyone, he was very cute indeed! Leonardo, I read your blog and thoroughly enjoyed the video. That camouflage is amazing!!

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 8 years ago

Love nightjars! The "ghostbirds"!! I wrote a bit about a Brazilian version of it a few days ago on my personal blog. Great spotting, Shanna!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

wow!!!!!!!!!! so so cute............

staccyh 8 years ago

So cute!!!!

ShannaB 8 years ago

Thanks everyone, we were very lucky indeed.

Wow shana,beautiful and super cute capture,great spotting,congrats and thanks for sahring

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 8 years ago

Wonderfull spotting!:)
Those eyes are so impressive! :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago


wildsweld 8 years ago

Oh, how adorable! Looks at those eyes! How fortunate you were!

lori.tas 8 years ago

Those eyes!

ShannaB 8 years ago

Thanks everyone, it was a very exciting spotting!


Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Nice one Shanna!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Pretty eyes!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Nice find Shanna

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Beilba, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 21, 2013
Submitted on Sep 26, 2013

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