A widespread nightjar of lowland forest and edge. Distinctive white chevron in the throat. Forages on the wing for insects over forest, in gaps and along rivers. Unlike Large-tailed Nightjar, Papuan Nightjar has no white marks in the wing or the tail. Similar to the migrant White-throated Nightjar but Papuan Nightjar is smaller in size. Call, a series of ascending, accelerating “whip” notes ending in a rather frantic “whipit-wipit-wipit!