Secretive Life of Nightjars
We were continuing our night safari and we came across calls of this bird and as we were getting close it was getting louder and louder and at one stretch one of us said he can see the bird and we stopped.. We targeted our torches in the direction of calls and this bird was there very close.. My first nightjar and that too so close.. This is Jerdon's Nightjar. I recorded its calls, took few shots and we left..
In broad day light they are extremely hard to find(Generally on ground or on tilted branches) .. You google camouflaged nightjars and you'll know what am saying. Hence beautiful creatures like this goes unnoticed..
Very few information we know about them..
Facts: During courtship, the male attracts a mate by calling with a loud ‘churring’ call that contains 1,900 notes per minute.
Jerdon's nightjar is a medium-sized nightjar species which is found in southern India and Sri Lanka. Formerly considered as a subspecies of the long-tailed nightjar it is best recognized by its distinctive call. The common name commemorates the surgeon-naturalist Thomas C. Jerdon who described the species although it was also referred to in the past as the Ghat nightjar on account of its habitat.