Night Birds



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The Night Birds can also be referred as Nocturnal Birds. These are the species of birds which are active during night time OR late evening. These species generally have highly developed senses of hearing and specially adapted eyesight. Many nocturnal creatures have eyes that seem to be too big compared to the rest of their head and body like some owls.



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Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal or crepuscular birds in the subfamily Caprimulginae and in the family Nightjars are characterised by long wings, short legs and very short bills. They are sometimes called goatsuckers, due to the ancient folk tale that they sucked the milk from goats (the Latin for goatsucker is Caprimulgus), or bugeaters, their primary source of food being insects. Some New World species are called nighthawks.


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Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a hawk-like beak; a flat face; and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye. The feathers making up this disc can be adjusted in order to sharply focus sounds that come from varying distances onto the owl's asymmetrically placed ear cavities. Most birds of prey sport eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting. Although owls have binocular vision, they must turn their entire head to change views. Owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees in either direction. As owls are farsighted, they are unable to see clearly anything within a few centimeters of their eyes. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of small hair-like feathers on the beak and feet. Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good. The smallest owl is Elf Owl [13 cm] and the largest owls are two of the eagle owls; the Eurasian Eagle Owl and Blakiston's Fish Owl [72 cm].Owl eggs usually have a white color and an almost spherical shape. Eggs are laid at intervals of 1 to 3 days and do not hatch at the same time. This fact accounts for the wide variation in the size of sibling nestlings. Owls do not construct nests, but rather look for a sheltered nesting site or an abandoned nest in trees, underground burrows, or in buildings, barns and caves.