Definition of nightjar
: any of a family (Caprimulgidae) of medium-sized long-winged crepuscular or nocturnal birds (such as the whip-poor-wills and nighthawks) having a short bill, short legs, and soft mottled plumage and feeding on insects which they catch on the wing —called also goatsucker
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On other hand, the lesser nighthawk is the most frequently seen nightjar, active at sunrise and sunset and during the night.
Owls, of course, commonly feed at night, but there is another class of nocturnal birds known as nightjars that include the lesser and common nighthawks and poorwill.
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Origin and Etymology of nightjar
from its harsh sound
First Known Use: 1630See Words from the same year
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