“Great-eared nightjar” bird shaped like a dragon in a famous cartoon (photos and video)

The red-tailed chotacabra (Lyncornis macrotis) is a species of nocturnal bird found in Southeast Asia. They belong to the family Caprimulgidae. This bird has five subspecies classified under it: Lyncornis macrotis macrotis, Lyncornis macrotis cerviniceps, Lyncornis macrotis bourdilloni, Lyncornis macrotis jacobsoni and Lyncornis macrotis macropterus. For more information on the chotacabras orejudo, keep reading!


These nightjars have tufts of feathers on their heads so that they look like they have ears. The geographic range of the five subspecies of Lyncornis macrotis varies. However, their habitat type is common and includes forests, shrublands or grasslands. The breeding season is different in different places. Their clutch size is one egg and both parents incubate the egg. These birds are quite common in their range and their population does not appear to be under threat of danger.

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They feed on insects and are capable of catching their prey in flight. Their calls are also quite distinct and act as a tool to identify these birds. Distribution and habitat: The long-eared nightjar is found in Southeast Asia with populations in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or humid lowland rainforests.

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Behavior and reproduction: Like other nightjars, they are active at dusk and at night. They have a distinctive call that includes a high-pitched tsiik followed by a pause and a two-syllable ba-haaww. The nest is a scratch in the ground and the clutch consists of a single egg. The chicks are well camouflaged among the leaf litter.

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Taxonomy: Several populations receive subspecies status and include: The nominate form macrotis (Vigors, 1831) from the Philippines. Bourdilloni (Hume, 1875) of the Western Ghats. Cerviniceps (Gould, 1838) along the eastern Himalayas to Indochina and northern Malaysia. Jacobsoni (Junge, 1936) from Simeulue Island. Macropterus (Bonaparte, 1850) from the islands of Sulawesi, Talaud, Sangihe, Banggai and Sula.

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How cute are they? Like lyrebirds, long-eared nightjars are extremely cute birds. This species, along with all its subspecies, namely Lyncornis macrotis bourdilloni, Lyncornis macrotis jacobsoni, Lyncornis macrotis cerviniceps and the rest, are attractive birds with certain differences.

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Data of interest of the orejudo chotacabras: The orejudo chotacabras, scientific name Lyncornis macrotis, is a species of nocturnal bird, with a wide population and geographical distribution. The red-tailed chotacabra (Lyncornis macrotis) belongs to the bird class. Their order, family and genus are Caprimulgiformes, Caprimulgidae and Lyncornis, respectively.

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How many long-eared nightjars are there in the world? The exact population of this species of bird is unknown. However, they have a stable population trend and are reported to be common in their range. Where does the long-eared nightjar live? The variety of long-eared nightjars (Lyncornis macrotis) includes various parts of Southeast Asia. The distribution of this species varies for each subspecies. In general, these birds can be commonly seen in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand to name a few.

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What is the habitat of the long-eared nightjar? The habitat of this species mainly includes forests, shrublands and grasslands. They can also be found on forest edges and clearings. Generally, they live near rivers in these areas. In addition, its habitat has tropical or subtropical climates.

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Who do long-eared nightjars live with? Birds of the nightjar family are solitary in nature. The same can be assumed about the long-eared nightjars. However, they come together to reproduce and incubate their eggs. How long does a long-eared nightjar live? The exact life expectancy of the long-eared nightjar is unknown. However, the lifespan of the European nightjar is 12 years. Since both belong to the same family, it can be seen that the long-eared nightjars have a similar life expectancy.

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How do they communicate? These birds of the order Caprimulgiformes communicate mainly through vocalizations. The song of a Lyncornis macrotis bird sounds like a whistle similar to the “put-wee-oo” sound. Another type of call is a high note ‘tsik’, followed by a tone ‘ba-haaww’. How fast can a long-eared nightjar fly? The long-eared nightjar has strong wings, so it can be assumed that it also flies fast. Additionally, they capture their prey while flying, further proving their effectiveness. Its flight is described as silent and gliding.

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How big is a long-eared nightjar? The length of a long-eared nightjar (Lyncornis macrotis) is between 31 and 40 cm (12.2 and 15.7 in). These birds are significantly larger than other species of long-eared nightjars in the same order Caprimulgiformes and family Caprimulgidae, known as the spotted nightjar, measuring between 9.8 and 11 inches (25 and 28 cm). How much does a long-eared nightjar weigh? The weight of a long-eared nightjar (Lyncornis macrotis) is 4.4 to 5.3 oz (125 to 151 g). They are much more voluminous than an oven. What are the male and female names of the species? The male and female birds of this species are known as male nightjars and female long-eared nightjars, respectively.

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The distribution of orejudo chotacabras (Lyncornis macrotis) varies according to subspecies. Lyncornis macrotis cerviniceps can be found in Bangladesh, northeastern India, parts of China, etc. For the Lyncornis macrotis bourdilloni subspecies, the natural geographic distribution area is southwestern India. Lyncornis macrotis jacobsoni occurs on Simeulue Island.

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The distribution of Lyncornis macrotis macrotis includes parts of the Philippines. Finally, for the subspecies Lyncornis macrotis macropterus, the distribution area is the Talaud Islands, the Sula Islands, etc. The call of the long-eared nightjar is quite distinct and can be used to identify them. During flight or when perched, they make a “put-wee-oo” whistle. They also produce a high-pitched ‘tsik’ tone and then a ‘ba-haaww’ tone after a short pause. These birds become quite vocal during the breeding season.

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How do they reproduce? The breeding season varies for this species depending on your location. For example, in southern India, the breeding season for this bird is from January to May. Females are known to lay only one egg. The egg is elliptical in shape and is incubated by both parents. What is its state of conservation? The conservation status of the long-eared nightjar (Lyncornis macrotis) is marked as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN. This species of bird poses no known threats and appears to be quite common.

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They are dangerous? There is no known information that this species of bird is dangerous to humans. Would they make a good pet? Unlike parrots, this bird is not usually seen as a pet. Given their nocturnal nature and feeding habits, they are better adapted to living in the wild. Watch the video here: 

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