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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Blackish Nightjar - Nyctipolus nigrescens
Collared Nightjar - Gactornis enarratus
Common Pauraque - Nyctidromus albicollis
Egyptian Nightjar - Caprimulgus aegyptius
European Nightjar - Caprimulgus europaeus
Freckled Nightjar - Caprimulgus tristigma
Grey Nightjar - Caprimulgus jotaka
Indian Nightjar - Caprimulgus asiaticus
Ladder-tailed Nightjar - Hydropsalis climacocerca
Long-tailed Nightjar - Caprimulgus climacurus
Madagascar Nightjar - Caprimulgus madagascariensis
Nacunda Nighthawk - Chordeiles nacunda
Rufous-bellied Nighthawk - Lurocalis rufiventris
Savanna Nightjar - Caprimulgus affinis
Black-shouldered Nightjar - Caprimulgus nigriscapularis
Slender-tailed Nightjar - Caprimulgus clarus
Swamp Nightjar - Caprimulgus natalensis