Bonaparte's Nightjar (Caprimulgus concretus)

The Bonaparte's Nightjar (Caprimulgus bonapartei) is a unique species of bird found in the dry, sandy regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. They are named after the famous French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who was a lover of the natural world and an avid ornithologist.

These small, grey-brown birds are known for their distinctive call - a series of rapidly repeated "churrs" that can be heard from a distance. They are nocturnal creatures, spending most of their waking hours in complete darkness, and relying on their excellent night vision to hunt for insects.

Bonaparte's Nightjars have long wings and tails, which make them highly maneuverable in the air. They use this aerial agility to catch insects on the wing, darting and weaving between trees and bushes in pursuit of their prey. Interestingly, they also have a unique hunting technique where they perch on the ground and wait for insects to come within striking distance.

These birds breed in the warm months of spring and summer. They make their nests on the ground, usually hidden among the protective foliage of bushes or low-lying plants. The female lays one or two eggs, which are incubated for around 18 days before hatching. Young birds fledge after around 18 days and are able to fend for themselves almost immediately.

Despite being relatively common across their range, there are a few threats to the Bonaparte's Nightjar. Habitat destruction, particularly the loss of suitable nesting sites, is a significant concern. Increased use of pesticides and insecticides could also have a negative impact on their food supply, and even disturbance from human activity can discourage these birds from breeding in an area.

Overall, the Bonaparte's Nightjar is a fascinating and unique bird species that is renowned for its distinctive call and impressive night-time hunting skills. They are an important part of the ecosystem in which they live and a symbol of the natural beauty and diversity of the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.




Other names

Caprimulgus concretus

Caprimulgidae

CAPRIMULGIFORMES

Bonaparte's Nightjar

enganyapastors de Bonaparte

白喉夜鹰

白喉夜鷹

sundski leganj

lelek sumaterský

Bonapartenatravn

Bonapartes Nachtzwaluw

borneonkehrääjä

Engoulevent de Bonaparte

Sundanachtschwalbe

Succiacapre di Bonaparte

ノドジロヨタカ

Bonaparto lėlys

sundanattravn

lelek sumatrzański

noitibó-da-grande-sunda

Бонапартов козодой

lelek sundský

Chotacabras de Bonaparte

bonapartenattskärra

Bonaparte Çobanaldatanı

дрімлюга суматранський

hala-öösorr

szunda-szigeteki lappantyú

Cabak kolong