The Great Eared Nightjar (Lyncornis macrotis) is a large nocturnal bird found in the forests of Southeast Asia. Known for its distinctive long and pointed ears, the Great Eared Nightjar is a unique sight to behold for birdwatchers and enthusiasts alike.
This elusive bird has a distinctive appearance, with a brown-grey coloration and a mottled pattern that helps it blend perfectly into its forest habitat. Its long and slender body is characteristic of most nightjar species and is decorated with patterns and markings that help it camouflage from predators and prey.
The Great Eared Nightjar's most striking feature, however, is its ear tufts. These unique extensions to either side of the bird's head, which can grow up to 2 inches long, have black, white, and brown striped coloring, which makes them look even more noticeable in the dark. These tufts are thought to be used to focus sound for improved hearing ability to enable the nightjar to prey on insects.
As nocturnal birds, Great Eared Nightjars spend most of their day roosting on the ground. They are known to be solitary birds, only coming together to mate or communicate with one another. Their primary mode of vocalization is through a hollow, popping sound that can be heard from over long distances.
The Great Eared Nightjar's diet consists primarily of insects, which it catches mid-flight using its expansive wingspan. Its diet usually includes beetles, moths, and grasshoppers, as well as other larger insects.
Unfortunately, Great Eared Nightjar populations are decreasing as a result of habitat loss, hunting, and trapping for use as pets or for medicinal purposes. It is important that conservation efforts are enacted to help maintain this unique and fascinating bird species for future generations to appreciate.