Philippine Nightjar (Caprimulgus manillensis)

The Philippine Nightjar, scientifically known as Caprimulgus manillensis, is a bird species that belongs to the family Caprimulgidae. This bird is endemic to the Philippines, and can be found in various locations across the archipelago such as Sulu, Palawan, Mindanao, and Luzon.

The Philippine Nightjar has a distinct appearance, characterized by its dark brown to grayish-brown plumage streaked with black and white patches. Its wings are long and narrow, with pointed tips that allow it to fly swiftly and gracefully in the night sky. This bird's eyes are large and round, giving it excellent low-light vision, which is necessary for navigating and hunting at night.

Due to its nocturnal nature, the Philippine Nightjar is seldom seen during the day. It prefers to rest camouflaged in vegetation or on the ground, blending in seamlessly with its surroundings to avoid detection. However, at night, this bird becomes surprisingly active, emerging from its hiding place to hunt for insects such as moths, grasshoppers, and beetles.

The Philippine Nightjar's vocalizations are also unique and fascinating. During the breeding season, males can be heard making a series of high-pitched whistles and trills that are said to resemble the sound of a small steam engine. Their calls are usually heard from dusk until dawn, and are often used to communicate with other birds and attract mates.

Unfortunately, the Philippine Nightjar is facing various threats to its population. Habitat loss due to deforestation and land development, as well as hunting and trapping for food and trade, are some of the primary reasons for its declining numbers. However, conservation efforts are now being made to protect this endangered species, including the establishment of protected habitats and stricter enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

In conclusion, the Philippine Nightjar is an extraordinary bird species that has evolved to survive and thrive in the dimly-lit forests and grasslands of the Philippines. Although facing challenges, the Philippine Nightjar remains a symbol of the country's rich biodiversity and serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Other names

Caprimulgus manillensis



Philippine Nightjar

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Filippinsk Natravn

Filipijnse Nachtzwaluw


Engoulevent des Philippines


Succiacapre delle Filippine


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Филиппинский козодой

Filipinski leganj

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Chotacabras filipino


Filipin Çobanaldatanı

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