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Large-Tailed Nightjar

Large-Tailed Nightjar
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-27 1:00
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Large-Tailed Nightjar
(Caprimulgus macrurus) Size: 30 cm

Large size, plumage resembles leaf litter. It has a greyish brown plumage; throat patch white; underparts buffy with blackish bars. Wingtips fall at mid-tail at rest. Male have a distinct white patches on outer primaries and broad white tips to 2 outer tail feathers. Female’s wing patch smaller, buffier; tail patches narrow, buffy. Juvenile is the same as female but paler and buffier, tail patches dusky and less distinct.

Loud hollow monotonous repeated chonk with pauses in between the notes; starting at dusk and throughout the night. Apparently very irritating to light sleepers!

They are found in forest edges and open but humid areas such as mangroves, forest edge, scrub, cultivated lands. They are not common in the deep forest.

Common resident breeder throughout Singapore.

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