Definition of owlet-nightjar in US English:

owlet-nightjar

noun

  • A nocturnal Australasian bird resembling a small nightjar, with an owl-like face and a large gape.

    Family Aegothelidae and genus Aegotheles: several species

    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

owlet-nightjar

/ˌoulətˈnītˌjär/