Nightjar meaning

nītjär
Any of various chiefly nocturnal, insectivorous birds of the family Caprimulgidae, especially those in the genus Caprimulgus.
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Any of a family (Caprimulgidae) of goatsuckers; esp., the common European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)
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Any of various medium-sized nocturnal birds of the family Caprimulgidae, that feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects.
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Origin of nightjar

  • night jar (from their harsh calls)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition