Long-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus climacurus)

The Long-tailed Nightjar, also known as the Sickle-winged Nightjar, is a medium-sized bird that is found in various regions of South America. With a distinctive long and pointed tail, the Long-tailed Nightjar is often observed flying during the night, especially during the summer months. Its scientific name is Caprimulgus clarus, and it belongs to the Caprimulgidae family of birds.

The Long-tailed Nightjar is about 25cm in length, and weighs around 55 grams. Its long wingspan, measuring about 50cm, is crucial for carrying out its nocturnal flying activities. The bird has a brownish-grey, mottled plumage that helps them stay hidden amongst woods and vegetation during the daytime. The male of this species has a white throat with brown feathers, whereas females have a brown throat and a lesser amount of white spots on their feathers.

The Long-tailed Nightjar has a unique breeding behavior that involves the male attracting females through an elaborate and charming courtship display. They create a display area or a "lek" where males gather and wait to attract females. They then begin to woo the females with their calls, fly around them, and finally bring them to their chosen spot and mate. The female usually lays two eggs on the ground or on a rocky surface, which she incubates for about 21 days. The chicks are born with mottled brown and white down feathers that camouflage them from predators.

The Long-tailed Nightjar is a nocturnal predator that feeds primarily on insects such as moths, beetles, and flying ants. It has a unique way of hunting by perching on the ground or on a nearby rock, silently waiting for prey to fly past. They then fly up and seize the insect with their huge, wide-gaped beak.

The Long-tailed Nightjar is known to inhabit various ecosystems like dry savannas, scrublands, and open forests. Despite their adaptable nature, they are facing habitat loss and fragmentation, primarily due to deforestation and agriculture. Even though they are listed as a species of least concern, it is still essential to conserve their ecosystems to ensure their future survival.

In conclusion, the Long-tailed Nightjar is a unique bird species with intriguing behaviors and adaptations that allow them to thrive in their natural habitat. It is a fascinating bird that adds beauty to its environment, and it's imperative that everyone sees the value of conserving the ecosystem.

Other names

Caprimulgus climacurus



Long-tailed Nightjar

enganyapastors cuallarg



dugorepi leganj

lelek dlouhoocasý

Langhalet Natravn



Engoulevent à longue queue


Succiacapre codalunga


ilgauodegis lėlys


lelek ostrosterny


Длиннохвостый козодой

Dugorepi leganj

lelek dlhochvostý

Chotacabras rabudo

långstjärtad nattskärra

Uzun Kuyruklu Çobanaldatan

дрімлюга польовий


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