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  • n. Plural form of nightjar.


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  • The best story I know showing how difficult it is to find nightjars on their nests is one told by the ornithologist John Walpole-Bond.

    Country diary: Holt, Norfolk

  • Often confused with owls because of their appearance and nocturnal hunting habits, tawny frogmouths are actually related to nightjars.


  • I turn it over, and spit it out, rolling on my back, floodlights on the nightjars.


  • Though the area is a stronghold for nightjars, we managed just a single nest.

    A Year on the Wing

  • This time we went home before the nightjars got going.

    A Year on the Wing

  • I snuffed the candles and lay listening to crickets, nightjars and a hillbilly band of banjo frogs in the soupy dam where the artist sometimes wallowed in the afternoon.


  • And the bit that really interested me was that they are taking the same route as a number of species of falcons, cuckoos, nightjars and bee-eaters.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • If we go very early or late, then we are surrounded by the calls of not one, but two species of nightjars, and we see them in flight against the dawn or dusk sky.

    Daily walk

  • Though there are bird species with specialized pedal claws that function in preening (namely herons, pratincoles and nightjars), birds rely on their bills when cleaning their feathers and removing ectoparasites.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Different gruiforms were found to belong to both groups; mesites, kagus and sunbitterns were metavians close to owlet nightjars, grebes and sandgrouse; seriemas and bustards were coronavians without close relatives; while the gruiform core was part of a coronavian clade that included divers, cuckoos, turacos, tubenosed seabirds, storks, herons, penguins and pelicans.

    Goodbye, my giant predatory, cursorial, flightless hoatzin


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