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What Is The Scientific Name Of European Nightjar? (ANSWER)

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR – In this topic, we are going to know and identify the scientific name of nightjar.

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR
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Also known as Eurasian nightjar or nightjar, it is a crepuscular (active in twilight) and nocturnal bird in the nightjar family Caprimulgidae. It breed across most of Europe and the Palearctic to Mongolia and Northwestern China.

It feeds on a variety of flying insects and usually hunts by sight. It has a relatively large, each have a reflective layer, improving its night vision.

Its adult has greyish-brown upperparts with dark streaking, a buff hindneck collar and a white moustachial line.

It also has a grey closed wing with buff spotting; as well as a blackish bill, dark brown iris and brown feet.

Answer

The binomial name of European nightjar is Caprimulgus europaeus.

Caprimulgus is a genus of nightjars in the nightjar family Caprimulgidae. It is derived from the Latin term capra, which means “nanny goat” and mulgere, which means “to milk”, in reference to its other name the “goatsucker”.

The species name europaeus , which is the Latin term for “European”.

It also has six subspecies:

  • Caprimulgus europaeus europaeus
  • Caprimulgus europaeus meridionalis
  • Caprimulgus europaeus sarudnyi
  • Caprimulgus europaeus unwini
  • Caprimulgus europaeus plumipes
  • Caprimulgus europaeus dementievi

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