Their world


Nightjars are migratory birds that visit our regions for only a few months a year. They arrive late May and leave at the end of August. During this short stay they try to complete two breedings. Nightjars lay 2 white eggs, with brown-blackish dots, on bare ground. When there is a period of bad weather in the beginning of the breeding season, Nightjars may delay their first breading. When they do this, there is not enough time to complete a second brood.

In Flanders, you can find Nightjars manly on sandy soils in the Campine region. There are some small populations in heath-fragments in the southern part of Belgium . Nightjars are inhabitants of forest edges. You can find them in transitions between forest and open heath- or dune areas. Nesting sites of Nightjars are manly found some meters inside a forest edge. Here they look for coverage of some low trees to protect them from predators. Because Nightjars make their nests close to open areas and walking trails, they are especially vulnurable for disturbance by dogs. So please keep your dogs close to you!

Nightjars forage for food in a diverse landscape of trees, shrub, forest edges and extensive farmlands. There areas are particularly rich in food because they cool down very slow. Our studies show that Nightjars avoid large open areas with intensive farmlands. This is probably because of the lack of food or coverage against predators.