Phylogeny of the owlet-nightjars (Aves: Aegothelidae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequence.

  title={Phylogeny of the owlet-nightjars (Aves: Aegothelidae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequence.},
  author={John P. Dumbacher and Thane K Pratt and Robert C Fleischer},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  volume={29 3},
The avian family Aegothelidae (Owlet-nightjars) comprises nine extant species and one extinct species, all of which are currently classified in a single genus, Aegotheles. Owlet-nightjars are secretive nocturnal birds of the South Pacific. They are relatively poorly studied and some species are known from only a few specimens. Furthermore, their confusing morphological variation has made it difficult to cluster existing specimens unambiguously into hierarchical taxonomic units. Here we sample… CONTINUE READING

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