The European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), is a crepuscular and
nocturnal insect-eating bird that breeds across Europe and temperate
Asia. All six subspecies of this nightjar are migratory, wintering in
sub-Saharan Africa. Their densely patterned grey and brown plumage makes
them difficult to see in the daytime when they rest on the ground or
perch motionless along a branch, although the male shows white patches
in the wings and tail in flight. The preferred habitat is dry, open
country with some trees and small bushes. The breeding male has a
churring trill, and patrols his territory with wings held in a V-shape.
The female lays two eggs directly on the ground; they hatch after about
17–21 days and the chicks fledge in another 16–17 days. Both
"Caprimulgus" and the old name "goatsucker" refer to the myth that
nightjars suckled she-goats, causing them to cease to give milk. Its
large numbers and huge breeding range mean that it is classed by the
IUCN as being of least concern.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_nightjar>
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