The Chuck-chucking Indian Nightjar

Mahoora Tented Safari Camp - Wilpattu National Park 

Fun facts
Like other Nightjars, the indian Nightjar too has a wide gape, long wings, soft downy plumage and nocturnal habits. Its call is a loud, repetitive chuk-chuck-chuk-chuck noise, and feeds on nocturnal insects such as moths for food. This image of the Indian Nightjar was taken by our photographer Mindaka Mahela at our Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Wilpattu. 

Lesser known facts
Unlike other Nightjars, the Indian Nightjar rarely rests on roads during the night, and prefers resting on bushes. This makes them harder to spot, since it is not so readily seen when travelling in vehicles with headlights. The Jerdon’s Nightjar has a variated buff and plumage. 

The Indian Nightjar, scientifically known as the Caprimulgus asiaticus, is a small nightjar which is a resident breeder in India, Sri Lankan and South-East Asia, and can be found in woodlands, scrubs and cultivation land - which is the natural habitat for a nocturnal bird. The Indian Nightjar flies after sundown with an easy, moth-like flight at night, and is very silent and lies close to the ground, concealed by its plumage during the day, making them difficult to detect as they blend in very well with the soil.



Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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