The Indian Nightjar bird, also known as the Jungle Nightjar or Grey Nightjar, is a nocturnal bird that is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is a small bird, measuring around 23cm in length and weighing approximately 50g.
These birds are primarily found in forested areas, where they roost on the ground during the day and come out to hunt insects and other small prey during the night. They have a distinctive call, which is a repetitive “churrrr” sound that is often heard during the night.
The Indian Nightjar has a unique appearance, with mottled grey-brown feathers that provide excellent camouflage against the forest floor. They have large eyes and a wide, flattened bill that is well-suited for catching insects on the wing.
Breeding season for these birds extends from May to August, during which time they create a small scrape in the ground to lay their eggs. The eggs are usually laid in pairs and have a dull white color with brown spots. The eggs are incubated by both parents, with the male taking the night shift and the female taking the day shift.
Indian Nightjar birds are not migratory and are found throughout the year in their native ranges. However, they are listed as a species of “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as their populations are not currently under threat.
Despite this, habitat loss due to deforestation and urbanization can pose a threat to these birds in localized regions. Conservation efforts aimed at preserving the natural habitats of these birds are necessary to ensure their continued survival. Observing and appreciating these beautiful and unique birds in their natural habitat is an experience that is not to be missed.