Definition of owlet-nightjar in English:

owlet-nightjar

Syllabification: owl·et-night·jar

noun

  • A nocturnal Australasian bird resembling a small nightjar, with an owllike face and a large gape.
    • Family Aegothelidae and genus Aegotheles: several species
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    • As shown by a recent phylogenetic analysis, owlet-nightjars are the sister group of swifts and hummingbirds.
    • The Australian Owlet-nightjar, Aegotheles cristatus, is a nocturnal bird found in open woodland across Australia and in southern New Guinea.

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