Indian Nightjar

Scientific Name: Caprimulgus asiaticus
Common Name: Indian Nightjar

Identifying Features:  small bird, short-tailed with white corners to the tail, white patches on side of throat, dark eyes with light eye ring.

Fun Facts:

  • It is differentiated from Sykes’s nightjar by the dark undertail and from Jerdon’s nightjar by the shorter tail and white patches on the sides of the throat.
  • Nightjars are most active, and mostly feed, near dawn and dusk.
  • No nest is made; the two beautifully marbled creamy pink eggs are placed upon the bare ground.


This image was clicked by Thimindu Goonatillake – via Flickr.

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