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Any of various chiefly nocturnal, insectivorous birds of the family Caprimulgidae, especially those in the genus Caprimulgus. Also called goatsucker.

[night + jar (from their harsh calls).]


(Animals) any nocturnal bird of the family Caprimulgidae, esp Caprimulgus europaeus (European nightjar): order Caprimulgiformes. They have a cryptic plumage and large eyes and feed on insects
[C17: night + jar2, so called from its discordant cry]



1. any of numerous nocturnal goatsuckers of the subfamily Caprimulginae, having a short bill and a wide mouth used for scooping up insects in midflight.
2. the common Eurasian nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus, known for its distinctive chirring song.
[1620–30; night + jar2 (alluding to its song)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nightjar - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyesnightjar - 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


[ˈnaɪtdʒɑːʳ] Nchotacabras m inv


[ˈnaɪtˌdʒɑːʳ] n (Zool) → caprimulgo nostrano
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It is hoped the work will encourage an increase in wildlife, including the rare nightjar, which has already begun to increase in numbers due to the work.
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Staff at Brecknock Wildlife Trust are already making plans for warm summer evenings and a search for the elusive nightjar.