Large-tailed Nightjar

“On the 14th March 2016, I was observing a Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) which was well camouflaged on the ground (above).

“If it kept still as a statue, it blended in perfectly with the fallen leaves around itself. However, it would occasionally make rocking motions from side to side, and this was when I spotted a young chick nestled underneath.

Large-tailed Nightjar

“In the heat of the afternoon, this nightjar would have its beak ajar (above), and pant (gular fluttering) to keep itself cool.

“Video clips of the Nightjar rocking and panting, with sneak peeks of the chick poking about underneath, may be previewed here:”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
5th April 2016


2 Responses

  1. One thing I have never understood about nightjars is how they manage to avoid being trampled on or disturbed by other creatures, being on the ground most of the time.

  2. Leong Tzi Ming

    Good point you brought up. Indeed, by nesting on the ground, the eggs & chicks of Nightjars can be very vulnerable indeed. There must have been casualties for sure, but generally, the parents try to select a safe, secure & secluded spot to bring up their young. We just need to ensure that such green havens remain for them to breed.


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