This is the ultimate identification guide to the nightjars, potoos, frogmouths, Oilbird, and owlet-nightjars of the world. Covering all 135 known species of these elusive and cryptically plumaged birds, this illustrated guide features more than 580 superb color photographs depicting every species and many subspecies, including numerous images never before published. Photos of museum specimens are provided for birds for which no images in the wild exist, including species not seen since their original discovery. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, confusion species, vocalizations, distribution, habitat and altitudinal range, breeding season and sites, egg type and clutch size, downy chick, status, and Red List category. This easy-to-use photographic guide also includes a color distribution map for every species as well as sections on plumage, taxonomy, and more.
The ultimate identification guide to these elusive birds
Covers all 135 known species
Features more than 580 color photos
Provides detailed species accounts and a color distribution map for every species
Includes sections on plumage, taxonomy, and more
Nigel Cleere is an ornithologist and expert on nightjars and related species. He has traveled the world to observe and conduct research on these secretive birds. He is the author of Nightjars: A Guide to the Nightjars, Nighthawks, and Their Relatives.
«Features more than 580 superb color photographs depicting every species and many subspecies, including numerous images never before published. . . . A must have for those with any interest in nightjars! Tropical birders will also find it useful.»–Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report
«This is a sumptuous volume which has brought together the best-ever collection of photographs of nightjars and their allies. Some of the images have to be seen to be believed, they are so brilliant. . . . In conclusion, this is a wonderful book, principally for the array of excellent images which it includes–for many of the species, there are no previous published photographs at all. It contains the latest thinking on the taxonomy of the Caprimulgiformes.»–John Clark, Birding World
«This thoroughly researched and beautifully produced volume is a must-have for every ornithologist, and for the customer in search of a gift a serious birding friend doesn’t already have, this must be the ultimate find. The 464 page hardcover version has a value far greater than its $45 price tag.»–Birding Business
«If you aren’t already a fan of nightjars, this book will convert you.»–Grant McCreary, Birder’s Library
«Nightjars of the World offers us a rare, detailed look at some of the most elusive nocturnal birds of the world. For those, like me, who can’t get enough of birding, Nightjars of the World will be revisited over and over on those rainy or snowy days when outdoor birding is not feasible.»–Brad Sylvester, Birdwatching Examiner
«Reading this book was like taking a semester long ornithology course on the greater goatsucker order of birds. I really enjoyed learning the biology. This will be the world’s go-to reference book for all things nightjar.»–Idaho Birding Blog