• Photo taken Locality: Greece, Crete, Heraklion, Messara plain
  • Photo taken by:
    Fransson, T.
  • Photo taken date:
    March 2013
Eurasian Nightjar
Mountainous conifers (southern Turkey) diorama

Photo of the Eurasian Nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus. This insectivorous nocturnal bird has a large mouth that facilitates the capturing of insects in the air. Contrary to its Greek and Latin names, which is translated to “Goat suckle”, it does not drink milk from animals, but simply flies near animal mammary glands while searching for insects.