Bird Families

Giant Nightjar: Dumbfounded Dreadbringer


1 white-collared flycatcher (Muscicapa albicollis Temm.)

2 African white-necked raven

3 Indian skimmer

4 collared flycatcher

5 pauraque

6 white hawk

7 white-collared flycatcher

8 white-necked thrush

9 white-throated hummingbird

10 white-throated sparrow

11 whitethroat

12 African white-necked raven

13 Indian skimmer

14 pauraque

15 white hawk

16 white-collared flycatcher

17 white-necked thrush

18 white-throated hummingbird

19 white-throated sparrow

20 whitethroat

See also other dictionaries:

Nyctidromus albicollis - Nyctidromus albicollis ... Wikipedia Español

Nyctidromus albicollis - Pauraque Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) Systematik Klasse: Vögel (Aves) Ordnung… Deutsch Wikipedia

Nyctidromus albicollis - Parauque Pa * rauque, n. (Zo [o] l.) A bird () ranging from Texas to South America. It is allied to the night hawk and goatsucker. [1913 Webster] ... The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Nyctidromus albicollis - baltakaklis lėlys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Nyctidromus albicollis angl. pauraque vok. Pauraquenachtschwalbe, f rus. nightjar porake, m pranc. engoulevent pauraqué, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas - baltakakliai lėliai… Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

Pauraque - (Nyctidromus albicollis) Systematik Klasse: Vögel (Aves) Ordnung ... Deutsch Wikipedia

Pauraque - Common Pauraque from North America From Louis Agassiz Fuertes Bird Lore (1926) Conservation status ... Wikipedia

pauraque - / pow rah kay /, Sp. / pow rddah ke /, n., pl. pauraques / kayz /, Sp. / kes /. a large, tropical American goatsucker, Nyctidromus albicollis. [1905 10, presumably Hispanicized sp. of a word Universalium

List of birds of Brazil - Brazil has one of the richest bird diversities in the world, with more than 1700 species of birds, about 57% of the bird species recorded for all of South America. These numbers are still increasing, almost every year, due to new occurrences or…… Wikipedia

Aves de brasil - Anexo: Aves de Brasil Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Brasil tiene una de las diversidades de pájaros más ricas en el mundo, con más 1700 especies, aproximadamente 57% de las especies de toda América del Sur. Estos números todavía están aumentando,…… Wikipedia Español

Birds of Brazil - Contents 1 Struthioniformes 1.1 Rheidae 2 Tinamiformes 2.1 ... Wikipedia

Anexo: Aves de Brasil - Brasil tiene una de las diversidades de aves más ricas en el mundo, con 1825 especies, aproximadamente 60% de las especies de toda América del Sur. Estos números todavía están aumentando, casi cada año, debido a nuevas ocurrencias o a nuevas…… Wikipedia Español

What does he eat?

The diet mainly consists of insects. Grasshoppers, crickets and large beetles are the most common food for the gigantic nightjar. In some rare cases, these birds also eat bats.

Screams in the night

All night long, the nightjar makes a unique loud roaring or groaning sound in the neotropical forests. It is full of sadness, which is why the birds were called "the poor."

Mysterious loner

The gigantic nightjar is secretive and mysterious, loves a secluded lifestyle, therefore it hides in remote forest areas. They are very mysterious because they always like to remain invisible. Giant nightjars do not live in flocks, do not often mate with other birds of their own kind. They are loners and love their secluded personal lives.


Nightjar usually breeds between February and August. However, since there are large numbers of these birds in Central and South America, different breeding times are reported depending on their geographic location.

There is not much information on the breeding details of this bird, but it is clear that they do not mate frequently. They are monogamous birds. When male and female nightjars mate, they take great care of the preservation of the egg.

A nightjar's nest is nothing more than a secluded corner on a branch or trunk. Their nest is only 10 meters above the ground. At any given time, there is only one white and speckled egg in the nest. When there is an egg in the nest, you can notice that the male and the female, guarding it, are hovering around.

After about a month, the chick hatches from the egg, and remains in the nest for about 2 months, then comes out to sit on the branches. This is quite surprising because most terrestrial birds chick out of their nests within 10 days.

These birds are excellent parents. The male bird takes care of the egg during the day. At night, both parents guard the nest. Parents make great efforts to protect their offspring (eggs and chicks) from predators such as monkeys, tayras, capuchins and falcons.

The nightjar chick, leaving the nest, very quickly adopts the "freezing" position from its parents. At a young age, these birds resemble a cute bunch of white feathers. Therefore, when the grown chicks stand upright and motionless in the freezing position, they look more like a tree mushroom than a bird. Thus, they themselves save themselves from predators.

Giant mouth

Don't judge the size of a nightjar bird's mouth by looking at its beak. Although these birds have very short and wide beaks, they have a giant mouth that helps them catch small insects and bats at night. When a bird opens it to make its nocturnal moaning sound - a bird's cry, a wide space is visible within the jaws.

How to find a nightjar?

Wildlife enthusiasts often fail to spot the nightjar during their visit to the rainforests of Central and South America because the bird cleverly camouflages itself among the forest. If you are trying to find these giant birds in the rainforest, you need to look out for strange lumps on the branches and long tails that extend well below these branches.

At night, these birds can be found in two ways. First, the reflection of light from the yellow or orange iris of the eyes makes them reasonably visible. But even when their eyes are closed, they can still be recognized by the unique moaning sound they make all night. This strange sound frightened many travelers who tried to explore the jungle.

Because of its huge head with large eyes, this bird looks strange and is a character in eerie folklore stories in the regions of Central and South America.


The Nightjar is a wild bird that has very strange features and disguises itself in the rainforests where it lives. It is better for him to live in a natural habitat. If it so happens that the bird is brought home and put in a cage, it can get sick, and in some cases it can lead to death.

Nightjars are nocturnal insectivores that emit a unique nocturnal groaning sound that is more creepy than pleasant. This sound can be quite disturbing in the home. There is no reason to keep a wild bird in captivity and forcefully tame it.

It belongs to its natural habitat. On very rare occasions, it is possible to take a bird out of its habitat, especially when you are saving it from potential disaster. Even so, it is imperative that the bird be returned to the jungle after you have taken care of it.

Nightjar and the law

To care for this wild bird, you need to issue a license because owning it without permission can lead to trouble with the law.

Although they are not yet on the list of endangered species, the laws of some countries are very strict regarding the domestication of these birds. Nightjars can only be kept in captivity when they need to be rescued.