is a species of nightjar (an order of birds related to owls and swifts) native to the scrub-lands and savannas of Northern Africa. This bird is distinct from other nightjars because the males have two large wing ornaments during the mating season, these ornaments usually trail behind the bird in flight but during display the male raises them up vertically. Besides their unique feathers these nightjars are similar to other nightjars in that they fly at dusk and take insects on the wing using their large mouth to scoop larger insects in.
We admitted a juvenile nighthawk at the rehab center last night. You can imagine our surprise when, while attempting to identify him, he opened his tiny little beak and showed us this gaping monster mouth.
Nightjars and nighthawks are medium-sized nocturnal or crepuscular birds with long wings, short legs and very short bills. They are sometimes referred to as goatsuckers from the mistaken belief that they suck milk from goats (the Latin for goatsucker is Caprimulgus). Nightjars are found around the world. They are mostly active in the late evening and early morning or at night, and feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects.