NIGHTJAR

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents -

This is one night bird which at least you have a chance of see­ing, emerg­ing from day­time roost­ing sites, where it sits in­vis­i­ble, wrapped in immaculate cryp­tic cam­ou­flage. They are, of course, night birds, emerg­ing in the cre­pus­cu­lar hours of the evening, though of­ten only show­ing them­selves when you are about to give up and go home. Only males sing the dis­tinc­tive, beau­ti­ful purring song, as well as croak­ing out a cu­ri­ous ‘koow­ick’ call and oc­ca­sion­ally wing­clap­ping in dis­play. Males are also the only ones with white wing patches and white cor­ners to the tail. Both gen­ders have a beau­ti­ful, buoy­ant flight, like a small del­i­cate fal­con on strings.

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