The New Caledonian Nightjar is known from only a single specimen taken in 1939!
As this species has not been seen since then, it is expected this species is extinct and if there was an extant population, it would be tiny. This species is part of the Caprimulgidae nightjar family, which diverged from all other species over 50 million years ago during the Paleogene period, around the time when humans and monkeys still had a common ancestor. Due to the elusive nature of this species, very little is known about its habitat and ecology. There is no information on threats, but it may have declined through the predation of introduced rats, cats and possible habitat loss due to fire and logging. No targeted conservation actions are known.
- Order: Caprimulgiformes
- Family: Caprimulgidae
- Population: Possibly extinct
- Trend: unknown
- Size: 26cm
The species was found in New Caledonia.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits coastal savanna.