Little Nightjar (Setopagis parvula)

The Little Nightjar is a small, insect-eating bird known for its distinctive, nocturnal voice. Its scientific name is Caprimulgus parvulus, and it belongs to the family Caprimulgidae. The bird is commonly found in Africa, particularly in the southern part of the continent, and parts of Asia.

The Little Nightjar is one of the smallest birds in its family, with an average length of about 16 centimeters and a weight of 20 grams. It has a short bill, a broad head, and large eyes that allow it to see in low light conditions. Its wings are long and pointed, enabling it to fly efficiently and silently, even at night. The bird's plumage is cryptic, with mottled brown and gray feathers that help it blend in with its surroundings.

Little Nightjars are most active at night, when they emerge from their daytime roosts to hunt for insects. They are proficient aerial predators, flying silently through the air to catch prey in their wide, gaping mouths. Their diet consists mainly of moths, beetles, and other flying insects.

In the breeding season, male Little Nightjars perform elaborate aerial displays to attract females. They fly up into the air, spiraling and twisting in a dance that is accompanied by a distinctive churring call. Once a female has been won over, she lays one or two eggs on a bare patch of ground, where they are incubated by both parents.

Despite their relative commonness, Little Nightjars are threatened by habitat loss and degradation. They are also at risk from pesticides and other chemicals that can contaminate their prey. Conservation efforts to protect the bird's habitat and reduce the use of harmful chemicals are crucial to ensure the survival of this small but fascinating species.

Other names

Setopagis parvula



Little Nightjar

enganyapastors de bosc



bjelogrli leganj

lelek malý

Lille Natravn

Kleine Nachtzwaluw


Engoulevent des bois


Succiacapre piccolo


mažasis lėlys


lelkowiec szarawy


Малый козодой

Mali leganj

lelek hájový

Chotacabras Chico

mindre nattskärra

Küçük Çobanaldatan

дрімлюга малий


szerrádó lappantyú