Spotted Nightjar
In Flight
Spotted Nightjar
Roosting, profile
Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Nightbirds (Caprimulgiformes)
Family: Nightjar (Caprimulgidae)
Species: Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus)
This Photo:     Attacked by a Brown Falcon

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Nests on the ground. Uses camouflage for protection. Has very distinctive white stripes on the wings (both upper & lower).
When exploring Ellura, we were startled by a medium sized bird on the ground suddenly taking flight. In no time it was hundreds of metres away. A Brown Falcon then decided it was invading it's territory and started dive bombing it.
Yesterday (14 Jan 2015), a similar thing happened again. This time it kept landing on the ground. We followed it in circles for about 4 landings before loosing it. Couldn't get a photo, due to the bushes & trees. At one point it was right in front of me and probably could have taken a photo if I could see it. Its camouflage is amazing.

Copyright © 2013-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Apr-2013
This species is classed as RA (Rare) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)