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(European) Nightjar
Caprimulgus Europaeus
Size: 24-28cm
UK Status: scarce migrant breader

 Extremely well camouflaged hawk-like bird with long tail and pointed wings. Mottled brown with grey patches (like dead leaves) with buff-white spots on wings and tail edges. Very difficult to see being nocturnal, rarely appearing until an hour or so after sunset. Most readily found by distinctive "wirring" call. Breeds throughout the Summer in most of Britain (apart from the North of Scotland and far North of Ireland). Prefers woodland edges, heaths, low moorland and felled forest areas.

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