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[Translation of Greek aigothēlās : aigo-, goat + -thēlās, sucker (from the belief that the bird sucked milk from goats).]


(Animals) US and Canadian any nocturnal bird of the family Caprimulgidae, esp Caprimulgus europaeus (European nightjar): order Caprimulgiformes.. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): nightjar


(ˈgoʊtˌsʌk ər)

any of numerous insect-eating, mostly nocturnal birds of the family Caprimulgidae, of nearly worldwide distribution, including nightjars and nighthawks.
[1605–15; translation of Latin caprimulgus, itself translation of Greek aigothḗlas]
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Noun1.goatsucker - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyesgoatsucker - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
caprimulgiform bird - long-winged nonpasserine birds
Caprimulgus carolinensis, chuck-will's-widow - large whippoorwill-like bird of the southern United States
Caprimulgus vociferus, whippoorwill - American nocturnal goatsucker with grey-and-white plumage
bullbat, mosquito hawk, nighthawk - mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker
Phalaenoptilus nuttallii, poorwill - goatsucker of western North America
References in classic literature ?
The evening was calm and still; -- the shrill noise of the mountain bizcacha, and the faint cry of a goatsucker, were occasionally to be heard.
It was several such southbound birds foraging for insects on a North Fork farm on a late September afternoon that completed the year's goatsucker trifecta for me.
Thursday - Goatsucker and woodcock walk, Bolton Flats and Pine Hill WMA, Lancaster, 7:30 p.
The existence of the chupacabras, also known as the goatsucker, was first surmised from livestock attacks in Puerto Rico, where dead sheep were discovered with puncture wounds, completely drained of blood.
Stealing many scenes in particular, a tiny Chupakabra, or goatsucker, named Pearl flits about, a passionate and fierce Tinkerbell with attitude and a stinger.
and folklore monsters reputed to roam the North American continent, from the Sasquatch of the Pacific Northwest to the hideous Mexican goatsucker called El Chupacabra.
The nocturnal bird was once widely known throughout Europe as the goatsucker, because of a bizarre belief that it drank the milk of domestic livestock in the night
Most of the 70 or so goatsucker species dwell in tropical climes, and their number includes several birds in which the muted males undergo astonishing changes at courtship time.
10 - CHUPACABRA: The Next Big Thing, this is a scarlet-eyed, kangaroo-hopping, spiny-backed, big-toothed blood drinker also know as The Goatsucker.
As for me, I'll take a termite over a goatsucker any time.