Sykes's Nightjar (Caprimulgus mahrattensis)

The Sykes’s Nightjar bird is a small nocturnal bird that belongs to the Caprimulgidae family. This species is widely found in South Asia, including countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bhutan.

The Sykes's Nightjar bird is a distinctive bird, with a mottled brown, grey, and black pattern on its upperparts and bars on its underparts. The wings and tail are longer than other Nightjar species, and the white spots on the wings and tail are striking features of the bird.

These birds are adept at hunting insects, which they capture in flight. They catch their prey with their large mouths, which are lined with stiff bristles that help them trap insects in the air. The Sykes’ Nightjar is generally seen flying low along the ground, or perched on the ground or low branches of trees.

Like other Nightjar species, the Sykes's Nightjar bird is primarily a nocturnal bird, and is most active at dusk and dawn. They are known for their distinctive calls, which are often heard during the breeding season.

The breeding season runs from May to August, during which the Sykes's Nightjar makes its nest on the ground in an open area where they get plenty of sunlight. They usually lay two eggs, which are incubated for around 16 days.

The Sykes's Nightjar bird is known to migrate to avoid harsh winter conditions, migrating from India and Pakistan to the northern regions of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, and southern China.

The population of the Sykes's Nightjar bird is currently not in danger, and they are generally considered a common species. However, their population may be declining due to deforestation and habitat loss.

To ensure the conservation of Sykes’s Nightjar birds and other bird species, habitat conservation and protection are essential. Further research is required to better understand the ecology of Nightjar species and their conservation challenges.

Other names

Caprimulgus mahrattensis



Sykes's Nightjar

enganyapastors de Sykes



afganistanski leganj

lelek sindhský

Østlig Ørkennatravn

Sykes' Nachtzwaluw


Engoulevent de Sykes


Succiacapre di Sykes


Saikso lėlys


lelek piaskowy


Козодой Сайкса

Sajksov leganj

lelek kotvičkový

Chotacabras de Mahratta


Maharaştra Çobanaldatanı

дрімлюга пакистанський

belutši öösorr


dūkainais vakarlēpis