Birds

Nightjars and Goatsuckers

14 days ago   |   By Ornithology

The order Caprimulgiformes includes four families of birds with not only odd appearances but odd names. Commonly called nightjars, the order is comprised of about 120 species of soft-plumaged and cryptically colored birds including nighthawks, potoos, frogmouths, poorwills, owlet-frogmouths and oilbirds. Resembling strange owls, nightjars lack the talons and strong beak; in fact their feet are so small and weak they often stretch horizontally on the ground or a tree branch to sleep during the day. Most are crepuscular or night-flying birds and many produce strange and haunting sounds .
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