Indian nightjar

Caprimulgus asiaticus

The Indian nightjar is a small nightjar which is a resident breeder in open lands across South Asia and Southeast Asia. Like most nightjars it is crepuscular and is best detected from its characteristic calls at dawn and dusk that have been likened to a stone skipping on a frozen lake - a series of clicks that become shorter and more rapid.
Indian Nightjar Like all nightjars, they are tough to spot...  so can you see the second one in the shot? I didn't notice it at the time of shooting, only afterwards... :) Caprimulgus asiaticus,Geotagged,India,Indian nightjar,Spring

Appearance

This nightjar is small and short-tailed with white corners to the tail, a golden nape and collar, dark cheeks and white patches on the sides of the throat. The crown is grey and the breast is finely barred in brown.

The males have more white on the tail while the female is more heavily streaked on the crown. It is differentiated from Sykes's nightjar by the dark undertail and from Jerdon's nightjar by the shorter tail and white patches on the sides of the throat.
Indian Nightjar If you are in the habitat of this bird, then you just wait a little post dusk period, and you are getting the calls of this bird for sure. So when am surveying in scrublands, I always take my last transect and then wait for nocturnal birds; especially Nightjars. During this incidence, I heard the calls, me and my team waited patiently. We were immediately rewarded when the bird started its activities of catching insects, and there when it sat on the road/vehicle track, we had the bird in car's head light. This is when we had a small window to take record shots.
After taking the records, how did we drive when we had a bird sitting on a vehicle track? You just flicker your head lamps and bird flies away immediately. Well this is our experience with nightjar encounters and also with owls. Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Biodiversity,Birding,Birds of India,Caprimulgus asiaticus,Geotagged,Gulbarga,Incredible India,India,Indian Birds,Indian Nightjar,Indian Wildlife,Indian nightjar,Karnataka,Nightjar,Wild India,Wild Karnataka,abhitap,abhitap1991

Distribution

The species is found from northwestern India and adjoining parts of Pakistan but not found in the arid desert region. It is found south of the Himalayas in the low elevations east to Bangladesh, Myanmar and Vietnam. It is also found in Sri Lanka.
Indian NightJar Jan 2022 Caprimulgus asiaticus,Geotagged,India,Indian nightjar

Behavior

The call is distinctive and has been likened to a stone skipped on a frozen lake or a ping-pong ball bouncing rapidly and coming to rest.

It flies after sundown with an easy, silent moth-like flight. During the day, Indian nightjar lies still on the ground, concealed by its plumage; it is then difficult to detect, blending in with the soil.

Habitat

The species is found in open woodland, scrub, and cultivation. It usually sits on the ground or low trees and is not found on high perches.

Reproduction

No nest is made; the two beautifully marbled creamy pink eggs are placed upon the bare ground during February to September; the brooding bird, sitting closely, is well camouflaged. Eggs may be moved short distances. The newly hatched chick is covered in down with brown above and light rufous below. The eye is open on hatching and the chick can sit upright and make a weak sound.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderCaprimulgiformes
FamilyCaprimulgidae
GenusCaprimulgus
SpeciesC. asiaticus
Photographed in
India