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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

12. The Nightjar
(Caprimulgus europoeus)

12. The Nightjar

The Nightjar, Fern Owl or Goatsucker, comes here in the late spring to make the twilight vibrate with its curious purring song. It is a lover of the night, spending the day at rest and waiting for the sun to set before it takes wing in pursuit of moths and other insects. Its huge gape helps in their capture. It was this enormous mouth that led the people of olden days to believe it sucked milk from goats. The two eggs are laid on the bare ground without any apology for a nest.