Order Caprimulgiformes

Family Caprimulgidae

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  • Small to large nocturnal birds, with variegated plumage, large mouth, long wings and tail, and short legs.
  • Cosmopolitan, although absent from polar regions.
  • Desert, grassland and open wooded country to forest, from sea-level up to 4200 m.
  • 15-40 cm.
  • 20 genera, 98 species, 228 taxa.
  • 7 species threatened;
    none definitely extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Cleere, N. (2019). Nightjars (Caprimulgidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52265 on 12 December 2019).