European Nightjar

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European nightjar
Nightjar, goatsucker, or fern-owl
Caprimulgus europ├Žus, Linn.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library, the Internet Archive

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The European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) is a migratory bird in the family Caprimulgidae. It spends its days dozing and becomes active soon after sunset, when it starts hunting for night-flying insects it catches on the wing. The author describes its flight as noiseless as that of an owl.

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