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Nightjar Clan

Nightjars, Goatsuckers, Poorwills, Nighthawks are all members of the family Caprimulgidae. We find them in most places around the globe, with 79 known species world-wide. 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, nest on the ground, and when perching in trees, aligning along the length of the branch, rather than perpendicularly like most birds.