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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

Description:
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.

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

Habits:
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.

Distribution:
Common resident breeder throughout Singapore.


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