Harry’s advent calendar of birds, day 22: Spotted Nightjar

I’m going out on the razz this evening and I have things to do; presents to wrap, cats to give pills to, ummm… that might be it. But anyway, here’s a quick one, a lovely picture of a Spotted Nightjar and chick which I found on Flickr:

Cryptic camouflage designed to help birds hide can be just as beautiful as flamboyant plumage used to attract mates.

» Photo Credit: There are two nightjars is © Brent Barrett, and used under the CC by-nc-nd licence.


  1. 22 December 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that really is perfectly camouflaged.

  2. Harry
    22 December 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    I guess if you nest on the ground and sleep during the day, there’s a really strong evolutionary pressure in favour of being invisible.

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