Name: Nightjar

Scientific name: Caprimulgus europaeus

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 90

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Nightjars nest on the ground on heathland and in young conifer woods. They are nocturnal, feeding on moths. Amazingly well camouflaged, with long wings and a long tail. Best seen during May and June, when the males display just after dusk, flying around the females, wing-clapping and calling. The call of the male nightjar is a distinctive 'churring' sound and often the best indicator they are about.


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How to identify: If seen well, the Nightjar is unmistakeable. Males have white patches towards the end of the wings and at the end of the tail. Females lack these.

Where: A rare summer visitor to England, Wales and southern Scotland.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 60
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 90
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: If you are watching Nightjars at dusk, try flapping a white handkerchief in the air: sometimes, the males will come closer to investigate the white flashes!

Photograph credit: Neil Aldridge

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