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Nightjar Clan

Nightjars, Goatsuckers, Poorwills, Nighthawks are all members of the family Caprimulgidae. With 79 known species, we find them in most places around the globe. Science further separates these species in three subfamilies and 19 genera. All members have feet nearly useless for walking, extra long rictal feathers for capturing winged prey in flight, soft, cryptic feathering, and nest on the ground. When perching in trees, they align along the length of the branch, rather than perpendicularly like most birds.