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  • n. Plural form of goatsucker.


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  • The goatsuckers are a group of birds whose members include the poorwill whip or not, the nighthawk, and yes, the pauraque. ORNITHONOMY.

  • But my favorite must be "Glorious Goatsuckers", especially his Christmas card with goats, goatsuckers, and milk snakes.

    FYI: Montana and More..

  • For the most part, they did not incorporate breeding populations of waterbirds (e.g., watefowl, colonial-nesting waterbirds, marsh-nesting birds) and almost certainly underestimated breeding populations of crepuscular and nocturnal birds (e.g., goatsuckers and owls).

    How Many Birds Are There?

  • Even the goatsuckers, queer birds that looked like giant whip-poor-wills, had ceased their wails and in the jungle reigned the darkest hours of night.

    The Black Phantom

  • The call of the most widely-distributed of the Indian goatsuckers -- _Caprimulgus asiaticus_, the common Indian nightjar -- is like unto the sound made by

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • Nightjars, or goatsuckers, to give them their ancient and time-honoured name, are birds that lie up during the day in shady woods and issue forth at dusk on silent wing in order to hawk insects.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • And to believe even this we should first have to assume that bats and goatsuckers are differently constituted from all other creatures; for in other animals -- insects, birds, and mammalians -- the appearance of fire by night seems to confuse and frighten, but it certainly cannot be said to

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • Raptorial insects, as I have said, feed freely on fireflies, so that the supposed warning is not for them, and it would be hard to believe that the magnificent display made by luminous insects is useful only in preventing accidental injuries to them from a few crepuscular bats and goatsuckers.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • A little later the melancholy voices of the goatsuckers are heard, varied croakings of frogs, the plaintive whistle of mountain thrushes, and strange cries of birds or mammals peculiar to each locality.

    The Pleasures of Life

  • Owls and goatsuckers are of those dark mottled tints that will assimilate with bark and lichen, and thus protect them during the day, and at the same time be inconspicuous in the dusk.

    Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection A Series of Essays


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