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New Caledonian Nightjar
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Female
Information
Range New Caledonia
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Caprimulgiformes
Family Caprimulgidae
Genus Eurostopodus
Species Eurostopodus exul
Conservation Status
CRSpecies
Critically Endangered

The New Caledonian nightjar (Eurostopodus exul), is a poorly known species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family. It is endemic to New Caledonia.

It has silvery-grey plumage with dark blotches and streaks and a blackish crown and dark grey brown underparts with a small white throat patch.

It is considered possibly extinct, as it is known only from the holotype which was collected in 1939. The specimen was of a bird taken in coastal savanna. The possibility of decline in population was probably caused by predation by introduced cats and rats, alongside habitat destruction.

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