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Identification of different song types for male European Nightjars

Baker Consultants’ Stephen Docker and Technical Director Carlos Abrahams worked together with Andrew Lowe of the Birklands Ringing Group to develop a methodology for the identification of two distinct song types for male European Nightjars.

For the study, unattended acoustic recording devices were placed at a Nightjar study site in Nottinghamshire sampling vocalisations of the birds at two points in the breeding season.  The results show that European Nightjars’ song types vary through the breeding season and this method may prove to be a minimally intrusive means of identifying numbers of Nightjar breeding pairs as opposed to just singing males.

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