Quipollornis – an insect hunting bird

(kwip-oh-lawn-iss)

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Illustration of Quipollornis koniberi, Owlet-nightjar.
Image: Frank Knight
Source: Museum Victoria

Cast of Quipollornis koniberi.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Tertiary

HOW BIG IT WAS

Quipollornis relative size depiction as described below
Quipollornis had a wingspan of about 20 cm.

Quipollornis was an ancestor of the modern-day owlet-nightjars, small nocturnal birds related to frogmouths and nightjars. Quipollornis is known only from a single fossilised flattened skeleton. It probably hunted by ‘hawking’ for moths and insects over tree-lined rivers and lakes 15 million years ago in central New South Wales.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Quillopornis map

This fossil of Quipollornis koniberi was discovered in New South Wales.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Tertiary

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