Nightjars of Vietnam – Caprimulgidae

With 5 species of Nightjars of Vietnam, occurring over the country, all species hard to see, the striking Great Eared-Nightjar and Savanna Nightjar the more understated. Their range throughout Vietnam but their ability to camouflage makes them invisible on the forest floor.

The overview of Nightjars families

Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal or crepuscular birds in the family Caprimulgidae /ˌkæprɪˈmʌldʒɪdiː/ and order Caprimulgiformes, characterized by long wings, short legs, and very short bills. They are sometimes called goatsuckers, due to the ancient folk tale that they sucked the milk from goats (the Latin for goatsucker is Caprimulgus), or bug eaters, their primary source of food being insects. Some New World species are called nighthawks. The English word “nightjar” originally referred to the European nightjar.

Nightjars are found all around the world, with the exception of Antarctica and certain island groups such as Seychelles. They can be found in a variety of habitats, most commonly in the open country with some vegetation. They usually nest on the ground, with a habit of resting and roosting on roads.

The subfamilies of nightjars have similar characteristics, including small feet, of little use for walking, and long, pointed wings. Typical nightjars, though, have rictal bristles, longer bills, and softer plumage. The color of their plumage and their unusual perching habits help conceal them during the day.

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Nightjars of Vietnam Highlight note

Nightjars of Vietnam Highlight

Great Eared-Nightjar Lyncornis macrotis

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour cover: Exclude Mekong Delta

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Tan Phu, Da Lat

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Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus jotaka

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Bach Ma, Da Lat, Kon Tum, SaPa

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Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus

Status: Fairly Common resident (throughout)

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Tram Chim, Can Gio, Cat Tien

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Indian Nightjar Caprimulgus asiaticus

Status: Fairly Common resident (throughout)

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Ma Da, Tan Phu, Can Gio

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Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis

Status: Common resident in South Central Vietnam

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Central Highland

Hotspot: Di Linh, Dalat, Yok Don

All Vietnam Birds Families

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