Aegotheles novaezealandiae Scarlett, 1968
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Megaegotheles novazealandiae Scarlett, 1968; Aeogotheles novaezealandiae Scarlett, 1968
Last record: pre-Polynesian colonisation (Holdaway et al. 2002)
New Zealand (both major islands, plus D'Urville Island)
Biology & Ecology
Above: New Zealand Owlet-nightjar. Aegotheles novaezealandiae. From the series: Extinct Birds of New Zealand., 2004, Masterton, by Paul Martinson. Purchased 2006. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (2006-0010-1/58)
Original scientific description:
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