Malaysian Eared Nightjar

Scientific Name: Lyncornis temminckii
Malay Name: Taptibau Melayu
Chinese Name: 马来毛腿夜鹰

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo


Size: 25-28 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Long-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: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: All the old confirmed records were confined to the Central Catchment Forest. However, there was a recent record on 15 April 2014 of a bird heard/seen calling at dusk around the former Fire Station located at the junction of Upper Bukit Timah Road and Old Jurong Road.


Malaysian Eared Nightjar from Panti Forest. Photo Credits: Con Foley

External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
Lim Kim Seng (2009) The Avifauna of Singapore