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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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The Egyptian Nightjar, is known to breed across a wide range from Morocco to north-eastern Egypt and to southern Kazakhstan, but had not been suspected of breeding in the Arabian peninsula before 2010.
The European nightjar, for example, is only active at night and is very well camouflaged, making it difficult to detect using traditional methods.
In addition to common nighthawks, whip-poor-wills and chuck-will's-widows, five other species of goatsuckers live in North America: the lesser and Antillean nighthawks, buff-collared nightjar, common pauraque, and the common poorwill, one of only a handful of birds known to go into torpor, a state akin to mammalian hibernation.
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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.
testing A baby buzzard tries its wings for size in the Washburn Valley, north of Otley protected A little ringed plover near Barkisland at rest A nightjar nesting near Otley dragonfly A broad-bodied chaser has been seen
Researchers recorded male nightjars in Coatham Wood near Long Newton, Guisborough forest, Silton forest near Osmotherley and Dalby Forest near Pickering.
Nightjars are very agile on the wing as they twist and turn through the trees, stopping to hover and glide in search of insects.
The falcon is closer to a parrot than a hawk, flamingos are not related to water birds but have adapted to water, and colourful hummingbirds evolved from drab nightjars.
Clocaenog Forest, it says, holds the largest population of red squirrels in Wales and has black grouse, nightjars, otters and water voles.
As a result the number of rare birds, including nightjars, increased and the heathland is now flourishing.