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Fiery-Necked Night Jar

Caprimulgus pectoralis

Description:

Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal or crepuscular birds with long wings, short legs and very short bills. Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and long pointed wings. Their soft plumage is cryptically coloured to resemble bark or leaves. They are sometimes referred to as goatsuckers from the mistaken belief that they suck milk from goats (the Latin for goatsucker is Caprimulgus). Some New World species are named as nighthawks.

Habitat:

Nightjars usually nest on the ground. Some species, unusual for birds, perch along a branch, rather than across it. This helps to conceal them during the day. Bracken is their preferred habitat.

Notes:

Nightjars are found around the world. They are mostly active in the late evening and early morning or at night, and feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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9 Comments

Thank you Satyen, Ashish and Wendy...

Wendy Clapham
Wendy Clapham 9 years ago

wow in the day too...well done!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great spotting... wonderful way presented...!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely series!

Joseph Christopher
Joseph Christopher 10 years ago

i see..yes i did notice the baby behind..i see i never knew the whiskers were apparently used to keep bugs out of their eyes whilst flying at night...haha interesting

PhilippaElaineCastle
PhilippaElaineCastle 10 years ago

The whiskers are apparently used to keep bugs out of their eyes whilst flying at night.

PhilippaElaineCastle
PhilippaElaineCastle 10 years ago

Hey Joseph, thanks for your comment. My husband disturbed them accidentally and we went back with the camera. Did you notice the baby behind the mother?

Joseph Christopher
Joseph Christopher 10 years ago

wow you must have been really lucky to have spotted and shot these nightjars in the day..its easier to find them at night when using a powerful torch as their eyes reflect the light back.
Locating them is the day is like finding gold !!!

Joseph Christopher
Joseph Christopher 10 years ago

wow you must have been really lucky to have spotted and shot these nightjars in the day..its easier to find them at night when using a powerful torch as their eyes reflect the light back.
Locating them is the day is like finding gold !!!

Overstrand Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 16, 2008
Submitted on Apr 15, 2011

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