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Madagascar Nightjar at day During our trip in Madagascar, several times we heard a distinct animal call that sounds like a pingpong ball dropping, usually around the time the sun was setting. Little did we realize this was the call of the Nightjar, a nocturnal bird. <br />
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They are reasonably common in Madagascar, but it is less common to find them sleeping on the forest floor during the day, even less common to find two keeping each other warm. Check out their enormous heads and tiny beaks. Andasibe,Caprimulgus madagascariensis,Madagascar,Madagascar Nightjar Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Madagascar Nightjar at day

During our trip in Madagascar, several times we heard a distinct animal call that sounds like a pingpong ball dropping, usually around the time the sun was setting. Little did we realize this was the call of the Nightjar, a nocturnal bird.

They are reasonably common in Madagascar, but it is less common to find them sleeping on the forest floor during the day, even less common to find two keeping each other warm. Check out their enormous heads and tiny beaks.

    comments (14)

  1. Fantastic shot, what beautiful birds!
    Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire! Posted 8 years ago
  2. Indeed beautifull picture. Posted 8 years ago
  3. Can't remember every favouriting a bird shot of a bird at ease, but this one definitely deserves to be the first. Wow, now I've read your description, I've only seen one bird resting, but they are entangled. Amazing, absolutely amazing. What is the chance to capture a bird asleep on the ground while walking by, it not waking up alarmingly. Then add the chance of them being one;) . Heart warming. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Also in Madagascar for the first time we saw birds sleeping in trees. They would notice you yet they are in some kind of half sleep and you can get real close. I've never seen that before, really cool. Posted 8 years ago
  4. Btw. it caught my eye in thumbnail mode because of the warm colours and curious composition. Posted 8 years ago
  5. Cooool, hope to see them aswell.
    Will visit Madagascar next month :)
    Posted 7 years ago
    1. Wow. Wendy + Madagascar = win. Please promise to share at least your highlight here, the more the merrier.

      Is it your first visit? If so, I can exchange travel tips, have done it to several people already.
      Posted 7 years ago
      1. I promise I'll share my photo's from there :)
        Yep, first visit. Ooh tips would be great.
        Posted 7 years ago
        1. Will come up with those tips soon, I promise. Thanks! Posted 7 years ago
        2. I published the tips publicly, here they are:

          http://www.jungledragon.com/forum/2/campfire/354/madagascar_travel_tips

          I hope they are useful. Feel free to comment on that thread if you have any remarks or questions.
          Posted 7 years ago
  6. Wow Ferdy, that is an amzing shot. We saw one in Ranomafana, but the photos in the evening light were nothing. Posted 4 years ago
  7. Very cool species and great capture! Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks, Deb! Posted 9 months ago

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The Madagascar Nightjar is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family.
It is found in Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, and Seychelles.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Similar species: Nightjars And Frogmouths
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Dec 22, 2012. Captured Sep 4, 2012 09:54.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/6.3
  • 1/125s
  • ISO6400
  • 500mm