Nightjar

Irish Name: Tuirne lín
Scientific name: Caprimulgus europaeus
Bird Family: Nightjar
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Conservation status

Status

Rare and secretive summer-visitor to uplands in southern Ireland.

Identification

Very rarely seen, owing to its nocturnal habits and highly cryptic plumage. The body is grey brown, with extensive black streaking and a small white patch on the throat. The underparts are densely barred black. In flight, male Nightjars have distinctive white patches on the wing tips and the corners of the tail.

Voice

Most frequently heard is the rather unusual song, a continous "churring" given throughout the night. Sounds similar to the song of Grasshopper Warbler, which may also sing at night in similar habitat.

Diet

Feeds on insects caught in flight from dusk throughout the night.

Breeding

Only a handful of pairs breed in Ireland, usually on recently planted conifer plantations or clearfells in uplands. More widespread in Britain and Continental Europe.

Wintering

Winters in tropical Africa.

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