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  1. Caprimulgus, genus Caprimulgusnoun

    type genus of the Caprimulgidae


  1. Caprimulgusnoun

    the type genus of the Caprimulgidae, including the whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) and the chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis).


  1. caprimulgus

    Caprimulgus is a genus of birds in the family Caprimulgidae, commonly known as nightjars or goat-suckers. They are nocturnal or crepuscular (active during dawn or dusk) and characterized by their flat heads, wide mouths, and long wings and tails. The name "Caprimulgus" is derived from the Latin words "capra", meaning goat, and "mulgere", meaning to milk, referencing an old myth that these birds would suck the milk from goats.


  1. Caprimulgus

    Caprimulgus is a large and very widespread genus of nightjars, medium-sized nocturnal birds with long pointed wings, short legs and short bills. The name is derived from the Latin for goatsucker, based on the ancient, but mistaken, belief that the European Nightjar would suck milk from goats. Caprimulgus nightjars are found around the world, and like other nightjars they usually nest on the ground. They are mostly active in the late evening and early morning or at night, and feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects. Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and their soft plumage is cryptically coloured to resemble bark or leaves. Some species, unusually for birds, perch along a branch, rather than across it, which helps to conceal them during the day. Temperate species are strongly migratory, wintering in the tropics. Caprimulgus species have relatively long bills and rictal bristles. Many have repetitive and often mechanical songs.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caprimulgus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caprimulgus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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