Aegothelidae (owlet-nightjars; class Aves, order Caprimulgiformes)
A family of brown-grey, secretive, nocturnal birds, similar to Podargidae
(frogmouths) and Caprimulgidae
(nightjars), that are insectivorous, with small, broad bills. They possess preen glands
. They nest in holes in trees or the ground. There is one genus, Aegotheles
, with eight species, found in Australasia
(but not in New Zealand
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