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Photo by Chaiyan
Location: Kaeangkrachan National Park, Petchaburi, India
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.





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.

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