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Large-tailed Nightjar

(Caprimulgus macrurus)
Alternate name(s): "White-tailed Nightjar", "Axe Bird", "Carpenter Bird", "Hammer Bird"
Size: 26-29 cm
Weight: 52-78 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Large-tailed Nightjar at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "schlegelii"

Sex unknown


Frontal view of an adult Large-tailed Nightjar perched in leaf litter (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Channel Island Road, Darwin, NT, October 2018]

Lateral view of an adult Large-tailed Nightjar perched in Casuarina leaf litter (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Between Lee Point and Buffalo Creek, Darwin, NT, September 2018]

View of the underparts of a (dead) Large-tailed Nightjar; the white wing spots are similar to those found in other species of Australian nightjars, but the white outer tips on the undertail are unique to this species (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, August 2017]


Like all other species of nightjars known to us, Large-tailed Nightjars usually do not perch on shrubs or trees; they are either found on the ground or in the air.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

ltnight_pb_20190219.m4a (Darwin, NT) Contact calls © PB

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