Indian Nightjar


Hindi name: Chhipak / Dabchidi

Indian Nightjar is small nightjar, which is resident breeder in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

How does the bird appear…

It is a small bird with short tail. Crown is grey. Breast is finely brown barred. Cheeks are dark with white patches on sides of throat. Nape and collar are golden. Male has more white in tail while female shows streaked crown.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is usually seen sitting on ground or on low vegetation. It is found in open woodland, scrub, and cultivation.


It feeds near dawn and dusk. It feeds on insects. It is found near live stock, street light or near any source of light, catching the flying insects.

Breeding & Nesting

Breeding season is from February to September. Eggs are laid on bare ground and brooding bird sits near the eggs.

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