Mysterious Bird


Probably it was Aristoteles who described the 'Goatsucker' for the first time around 350 B.C. He was convinced this mysterious bird would attack goats to suck dry their utter. Actually, this was not a bad observation for that time if you know that Nightjars catch moths and beetles during dusk and dawn. So the observation that Aristoteles made probably were Nightjars that were foraging between the grazing goats.

Even today it's hard to see Nightjars. This bird is remarkably well camouflaged. During daytime you can approach them without even noticing it. But at dawn, Nightjars become active. Males display their impressive churring at the edge of clearings and open places. After a few minutes they disappear with short 'kweeks', back into their hidden world.

Many bird species live during daytime. This makes it relatively easy to monitor their behaviour. This is not the case for Nightjars, and that's why even today many questions about this bird remain unsolved. Where do they breed and sleap? Where will they find food, and what do they eat? Which terrains do they need to survive, and how big is their homerange? These questions are hard to solve by 'normal monitoring techniques'. To discover the hidden world of Nightjars, we use radiotelemetry.

Can you find our Nightjars without using telemetry, try here!