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Eurasian Nightjar

Caprimulgus europaeus

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Uncommon to locally fairly common summer migrant to warmer regions from winter grounds in Africa. Active at night and rarely seen by chance, but might be flushed from daytime roost on the ground. Favors heathland and forest clearings, where it hunts from perch on ground or tree, sallying out and flying with agile, rather jerky wingbeats. Shape resembles a cuckoo or falcon, but plumage is cryptic, like dead leaves. Male has white tail corners and white band in wing. Loud churring song at dusk and night may draw attention.

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