Daily behaviour


During daytime Nightjars most of the time rest in trees. In this case they seem to prefer the dense crowns of Corsican pines. When night comes, you can hear males churring. They sing from dead branches, just below the top of a high tree at the edge of a clearing. This is the metalic sound you can hear in forest areas. 

Early in the evening Nightjars forage in the presence of their sleeping- and breadinglocations. They feed mainly in forest edges or near the tops of trees. After a couple of minutes they leave for their main feeding grounds which are sometimes more than 1-3km away. During breading season Nightjars travel several times per night more than 1-3km to their feeding grounds. They fly to extensive farmlands in river valleys to forage. Presumably these areas hold more food for Nightjars than bare heath or dune areas. When dusk breaks, Nightjars return to their sleeping- or breading sites to rest during daytime.