nightjar definition

  • noun:
    • A goatsucker, specifically Caprimulgus europaeus of Europe, having grey and brown mottled plumage with lengthy, slender white wings and a brief bill.
    • some of various medium-sized nocturnal wild birds for the family Caprimulgidae, that feed predominantly on moths also large traveling insects.
    • A goatsucker, esp. the European types. See Illust. of goatsucker.
    • A bird, Caprimulgus europ√¶us, of this household Caprimulgid√¶.
    • mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine wild birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; prey on bugs

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