Cryptic nocturnal birds blend right into the darkness

A small group of eared nightjars found in different parts of South and Southeast Asia with varying distribution depending on species. They have distinct ear tufts on both sides of their head, giving them their common name: eared nightjars. They are long-winged, long-tailed, and distinctive, mottled plumage-bearing birds of the night.

They populate forests, forest edges, woodlands, and open countries. As nocturnal insectivores, their diet primarily includes critters such as beetles, bugs, moths, and other insects. Hence, they play an essential role in controlling the population of insects.

Like other nightjars, they lay 1-2 eggs directly on the ground, and both parents provide incubation.