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White-throated Nightjar - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Tom Tarrant, Samsonvale, Queensland, December 1995

Alternative name: White-throated Eared-Nightjar

Eurostopodus mystacalis

Identification

Long wings extend to tail tip at rest. Only minimal white in wings, no white in tail, but white throat.

Distribution

Australia (coastal eastern areas). Some birds migrate to Papua New Guinea.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Solomons Nightjar and New Caledonian Nightjar.

Habitat

Dry forests to coastal heath.

Behaviour

Nocturnal and/or crepuscular. Southern populations are migratory.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. [http://birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=1874287 Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of Nightjars and Frogmouths.
  3. Pizzey, G. & Knight, F. 1997. Birds of Australia (Collins Field Guide). HarperCollins Publishers, London. ISBN 0-00-220132-1

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