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  White-throated Nightjar (Eurostopodus mystacalis)





White-throated Nightjar | Eurostopodus mystacalis photo
White-throated Nightjar (Eurostopodus mystacalis) Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-throated Nightjar is a nocturnal bird from eastern Australia. The largest of the Australian nightjars, It is a grey bird mottled with brown, with a white throat giving a well camouflaged appearance when it roosts in undergrowth. The bird has a black bill and brown eyes. Juvenile birds are lighter brown.

Size
35 cm

Habitat
open woodland, open forest

Food
catches insects on the wing

Breeding
They normally lay a single egg on the ground in leaf litter, stones or bark.

Range
found in eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, and Victoria

distribution map showing range of Eurostopodus mystacalis 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:Eurostopodus
Species:mystacalis
Common Name:White-throated Nightjar