Caprimulgidae - Nightjars
Nightjars are one of the most enigmatic of bird groups. Entirely nocturnal, they are aerial insectivores either hunting their prey through the sky, or sallying forth from a perch. It is thought they locate their prey by sight, rather than by echolocation. They are commonest in the tropics, with only a few migratory species venturing into temperate climes. All have a beautfully cryptic plumage with large flashes of white on the underwings or tail, large eyes, and an extraordinarily wide gape.
Only one species, the Nightjar occurs with any regularity in Britain, its distinctive churring call being heard on southern heaths during the summer months.
Regularly Occurring Species
Marsh Awards 2020 - online stream and live panel
This year’s awards will take place virtually at 7pm on Wednesday 28 October and we'd love you to join us on the evening.
Migration blog (23rd – 29th October)
Birdtrack organiser Scott Mayson and media manager Paul Stancliffe reveal what species have been on the move during the last week and what we can expect over the weekend and into next week.