Can you see the bird?

Posted: by Richard Scrase on 3/11/15

More on these Topics:

Can you see the bird?

Nightjars are nocturnal birds and can be seen hawking for food at dusk and dawn. With pointed wings and a long tails their shape is similar to a kestrel or cuckoo. Their cryptic, grey-brown, mottled, streaked and barred plumage provides ideal camouflage in the daytime. They have an almost supernatural reputation with their silent flight and their mythical ability to steal milk from goats.

There are only a few thousand birds breeding in the UK. Read more at the RSPB website here.

Last edited: 28 July 2022 08:45

Back to News

Get the latest articles and news from Understanding Animal Research in your email inbox every month.
For more information, please see our privacy policy.