Bird Families of the World

Ladder-tailed Nightjar

Nightjars and nighthawks find their prey of nocturnal insects by sight even in the dimmest of light levels. Sight clearly plays an important role in mate-finding, too, as a sexual selection in these birds of the night has led to a diversity of visual signals, including long-tail plumes or rackets from wing feathers in males.

The family is Caprimulgidae

There are 98 species placed in 19 genera

So far I have photographed 16 different species.

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Updated 03/06/2020


Hydropsalis Photographed 1 specie of 4
Gactornis Photographed 1 specie of 1
Metopidius Photographed 1 specie of 6
Nyctidromus Photographed 1 specie of 2
Caprimulgus Photographed 10 specie of 41
Chordeiles Photographed 1 specie of 6
Lurocalis Photographed 1 specie of 2