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nightjar,

common name for birds also known as goatsuckersgoatsucker,
common name for nocturnal or crepuscular birds of the order Caprimulgiformes, which includes the frogmouth, the oilbird, potoos, and nightjars. Goatsuckers are medium in size and are found in the temperate and tropical zones of both hemispheres.
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nightjar

any nocturnal bird of the family Caprimulgidae, esp Caprimulgus europaeus (European nightjar): order Caprimulgiformes. They have a cryptic plumage and large eyes and feed on insects
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Nightjars are visually oriented crepuscular or nocturnal insectivores (Woods and Brigham 2008), so eggs are likely left unattended at dusk and dawn so adults can forage.
A nightjar ringed in Gwent killed by a car in France - 320 miles.
In 1998, we sampled at these stations for breeding or migrating owls and nightjars during 89 unlimited-distance point counts (Blondel et al.
Key words: polyomavirus, polymerase chain reaction, sequence analyses, avian, nightjars, Caprimulgus europaeus
Nightjars are on the red list of threatened species in the UK and the secretive birds have undergone a serious decline in numbers in the last century.
Birdwatchers also confirmed that two pairs of rare nightjars have been nesting near Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs.
During their mating season male nightjars make a distinctive low 'churring' noise.
At one bird reserve in Norfolk, the population of nightjars was wiped out due to Lingham's collecting.
With a population of approximately 12 males in just 1,250 acres of wood, Slaley is believed to have the highest density of nightjars in northern Britain.
RSPB Sandwell Wildlife Explorers Group will be mimicking nightingales, woodcocks and nightjars.
THE mysterious calls of newly-arrived nightjars can be heard drifting across woodland clearings at dusk.
Many species of nightjars (Caprimulgidae) have semi-precocial nestlings hatched from eggs laid on bare ground (Holyoak 2001) without creating any nest structure.