Swamp Nightjar (Caprimulgus natalensis)

The Swamp Nightjar bird is a fascinating species of bird that is native to South America. It is an elusive bird that is rarely seen and breeds in open habitats such as savannahs, marshes, and wetlands. The Swamp Nightjar is known for its unique and distinct calls that can be heard echoing through the night in its natural habitat.

The Swamp Nightjar is a medium-sized bird that is typically around 25cm in length and has a wingspan of up to 58cm. Its wings are long and pointed, which helps it to glide through the air, and its short tail gives it a streamlined appearance in flight. The bird is predominantly brown with black and white spots and streaks on its feathers.

The diet of the Swamp Nightjar is mainly composed of insects and small invertebrates. It feeds primarily at night and uses its unique call to attract prey. Unlike other species of birds that are active during the day, the Swamp Nightjar is a nocturnal bird that hunts at night. It has large eyes that allow it to see in low light conditions and helps it locate prey in the dark.

One of the most interesting features of the Swamp Nightjar is its breeding behavior. Like other species of nightjars, the Swamp Nightjar lays its eggs on the ground or in a shallow depression. The female usually lays two eggs per clutch, and both parents take turns incubating the eggs. After the eggs hatch, the parents continue to take care of the chicks until they are ready to leave the nest and fend for themselves.

Due to its elusive nature and habitat preferences, the Swamp Nightjar is not very well-studied. The bird is considered a threatened species due to habitat loss and degradation caused by human activities such as agriculture and deforestation. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the bird and its habitat, but more research is needed to fully understand this amazing species of bird.

Other names

Caprimulgus natalensis



Swamp Nightjar

enganyapastors del Natal



močvarni leganj

lelek natalský




Engoulevent du Natal


Succiacapre di palude


natalinis lėlys


lelek bagienny


Натальский козодой

Močvarski leganj

lelek močiarny

Chotacabras del Natal


Natal Çobanaldatanı

дрімлюга болотяний

Natalse Naguil


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