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  Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus)





Large-tailed Nightjar | Caprimulgus macrurus photo
Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus_macrurus

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Large-tailed Nightjar | Caprimulgus macrurus photo
Large-tailed Nightjar

Image by J.M.Garg - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
The Large-tailed Nightjar is a mottled brown nocturnal bird of the rainforest. The bird has small white patch on wings and white marks near tip of tail. It usually roosts on the ground where it is well camouflaged. Young birds are similar in appearance to adults.

Size
25 cm

Habitat
subtropical and tropical rainforest, paperbark swamps

Food
insects which it catches in flight

Breeding
the female lays two eggs on the ground

Range
found in eastern Queensland and northern parts of the Northern Territory. Also found in many parts of south Asia and South East Asia.

distribution map showing range of Caprimulgus macrurus in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Caprimulgiformes
Family:Caprimulgidae
Genus:Caprimulgus
Species:macrurus
Common Name:Large-tailed Nightjar

Relatives in same Genus
  Savanna Nightjar (C. affinis)