Definition of nightjar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪtdʒɑː/


A nocturnal insectivorous bird with grey-brown camouflaged plumage, large eyes and gape, and a distinctive call.
Example sentences
  • Birds such as grouse, crows, quail, partridge, nightjars, cuckoos, shrikes, larks, pipits, merlins, harriers, kestrels and buzzards would all have been seen.
  • My encounters with that mysterious bird, the nightjar, have been few and are perhaps the more memorable for that.
  • We even visited the walkway at night with the good fortune of looking down on one of the rarest birds of our trip, a brown nightjar, a not too distant relative of our whippoorwill, but a very rare and little-known bird.

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