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Photo © by prapas
Samutprakarn, Thailand, 14 February 2011
Caprimulgus asiaticus


24cm. Variegated buff and brown plumage, plain tail, buff rear neck, and boldly marked shoulder feathers. It has a white patch on each wing. Like other nightjars, it has a wide gape, long wings, soft downy plumage and nocturnal habits. Its call is a loud repetitive chuk-chuk-chuk-chuk.


Photo © by Chaiyan
Kaeangkrachan National Park, Petchaburi, India

Asia: India and Sri Lanka through south-east Asia to Indochina.


Two subspecies are recognized[1].


Open woodland, scrub, and cultivation.


Nocturnal. No nest is made;2 marbled eggs are placed upon the bare ground; the brooding bird, sitting closely, is their best protection.

Diet includes moths.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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