Scientific name: Caprimulgus europaeus
Nature Stars: 90
Nightjars nest on the ground on heathland and in young conifer woods. They are nocturnal, feeding on moths. Amazingly well camouflaged, with long wings and a long tail. Best seen during May and June, when the males display just after dusk, flying around the females, wing-clapping and calling. The call of the male nightjar is a distinctive 'churring' sound and often the best indicator they are about.
How to identify: If seen well, the Nightjar is unmistakeable. Males have white patches towards the end of the wings and at the end of the tail. Females lack these.
Where: A rare summer visitor to England, Wales and southern Scotland.
Fantastic fact: If you are watching Nightjars at dusk, try flapping a white handkerchief in the air: sometimes, the males will come closer to investigate the white flashes!
Photograph credit: Neil Aldridge