NC Owlet Nightjar

Subject: NC Owlet Nightjar
From: stuart dashper <>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 09:27:44 +1100
Dear all,

Not intending to belittle the rediscovery of this bird but if it hasn't
been heard calling for 118 years (if ever) what are the ornithologists
playing back to it?


Stuart Dashper
The rediscovery of the New Caledonian Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles Savesi) on 
Bonfire Night 
 This is the 
first sighting by ornithologists of the New Caledonian Owlet-Nightjar since 
the type was collected from the bedroom of a house in the village of 
Tonghoue (near Paita) in 1880, representing its rediscovery after 118 
The observations of this species were made by two ornithologists on Project 
Diadema, Jonathan Ekstrom and  Joe Tobias. 
Subsequent searches at this site in the following week for five days and 
nights provided no further records of this bird, either aural or visual, 
despite the use of playback and intense fieldwork by five ornithologists, 
four from Project Diadema and Yves Letocart from the Direction des 
Ressources Naturelles. 

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