Malaysian Eared Nightjar

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Scientific Name: Lyncornis temminckii

Malay Name: Taptibau Melayu

Chinese Name: 马来毛腿夜鹰

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 25-28 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Large-tailed Nightjar but smaller and has significantly darker overall plumage, inconspicuous ear-tuffs, diagnostic narrow whitish collar and lacks the obvious whitish markings on wings and tail. The call, which is loud and distinctive, is the best way to distinguish it from other nightjar species when seen in flight at dawn or dusk.

Similar looking species: Large-tailed Nightjar

Habitat: Forest in Singapore.


Local Status: Former resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Lyncornis temminckii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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