The nightjars, most active at dawn, dusk and nighttime hunting for flying insects. Known for their loud cries. Usually well concealed and camouflaged on branches.
Sand coloured Nighthawk
- Medium-sized with long pointed wings and very short bills.
- They have short legs and small feet, of little use for walking.
- Their soft plumage is coloured to resemble bark or leaves. They blend perfectly into their habitat.
- Underwings are white and the outer wing feathers are dark or blackish.
- Nightjars are mostly nocturnal but the Sand-coloured Nighthawk is often active during the day.
- Often seen in large flocks.
- They perch along sand or gravel bars, beaches or on driftwood, or along stretches of river.
- Loud calls are made at dusk or when out foraging in flocks.
Where & how to spot in Manu:
- Their sand-coloured, mottled plumage keeps them well camouflaged.
- Perching along branches rather than across them, makes them hard to spot.
- But they can be seen feeding at rivers or near oxbow lakes.