Malaysian Eared Nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

The Malaysian Eared Nightjar is a bird species found in certain parts of Southeast Asia, particularly in the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. This bird is part of the Caprimulgidae family, which is a group of nocturnal birds that are also known as nightjars or goatsuckers.

The Malaysian Eared Nightjar is a small bird that typically measures around 24 cm in length and weighs about 60-70 grams. It has a distinctive appearance with a mottled brown and grey plumage that helps to camouflage it in its natural habitat. The bird also has large, rounded wings and a short, straight beak, which is adapted to catching insects on the wing.

One of the most striking features of the Malaysian Eared Nightjar is its large, ear-like tufts of feathers located on either side of its head. These tufts give the bird its name and are thought to play a role in helping the bird to blend into its surroundings by breaking up its outline and providing additional camouflage.

Like most nightjars, the Malaysian Eared Nightjar is a nocturnal species that is active at night and rests during the day. It is primarily a ground-dwelling bird that feeds on a variety of insects, including moths, beetles, and grasshoppers. The bird is also known for its distinctive call, which is a series of repeated notes that sound like "choop-choop-choop."

Although the Malaysian Eared Nightjar is not considered to be endangered, it is facing habitat loss due to deforestation and other human activities. Conservation efforts are underway to protect its natural habitat and ensure its survival in the wild.

In conclusion, the Malaysian Eared Nightjar is a fascinating and unusual bird species that is well-adapted to its nocturnal lifestyle. With its unique appearance and distinctive call, it is a valuable part of the ecosystem in which it lives and a true wonder of the natural world.

Other names

Lyncornis temminckii



Malaysian Eared Nightjar

enganyapastors de Temminck



ogličasti leganj

lelek Temminckův


Temmincks Nachtzwaluw


Engoulevent de Temminck


Succiacapre orecchiuto di Malesia


Teminko Pietų Azijos lėlys


rogatnik uszaty


Малайский южноазиатский козодой

Malezijski leganj

nočnár malajský

Chotacabras de Temminck


Temminck Çobanaldatanı

ночнар малазійський

malai kõrvuksorr

maláj lappantyú

Taktarau melayu