Nightjar


Nightjar

This nocturnal bird can be seen hawking for food at dusk & dawn. Most numerous in southern England, with good numbers found in the New Forest, Dorset, Surrey heathlands & Thetford forest in Suffolk. Also found in parts of Wales, northern England, and south west Scotland.

They arrive in UK April – May time and leave around August/September time.


Identification

Male
Medium sized bird with long wings & tail thats heavily mottled and barred in browns, buff and greys creating excellent camouflage.The male has white patches on the wing and tail.
Female
As male but without the white wing & tail patches.
Size
25 - 28cms
Bill
Black, short & thin
Legs
Buff; short
Habitat
Heaths, forests & woods
Behaviour
Takes off & lands on vegetation or the ground
Flocking
Solitary
Flight
Glides, flitting
Voice
Distinctive churring

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Bare hollow
Eggs
2; white, spotting light brown
Incubation Period
18 days
Broods
2; May - July
Food
Insects
UK Breeding Pairs
3,000