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By day, nightjars are almost invisible, their grey-brown plumage blending with the bracken or heather, their eyes narrowed to mere slits. At dusk the bird gives the song which names it, a mechanical sounding “churr” which continually changes pitch. Then it begins its wheeling flight in search of insects.
This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 905 published on 26 May 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.