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The nightjar is rarely seen because it is nocturnal and also because its plumage makes it very hard to spot. It is red-listed due to declines in the breeding population. The European population is considered depleted.

Only a handful of pairs breed in Ireland, usually on recently planted conifer plantations or clearfells in upland areas. The nightjar feeds on insects caught in flight.

Image (c) by Nigel Voaden used under Creative Commons License BY-SA 2.0.

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