Species of Thailand
Great eared nightjar
Thai: นกตบยุงยักษ์, nok top yung yak
Binomial name: Lyncornis macrotis, Nicholas Aylward Vigors, 1831
The great eared nightjar (Lyncornis macrotis) is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family. It is the largest species in the family in terms of length, which can range from 31 to 41 cm. Males weigh an average of 131 g and females weigh an average of 151 g so it the second heaviest species in the family after the nacunda nighthawk.
Distribution and habitat
It is found in Southeast Asia with populations in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. Indonesia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
Like other nightjars they are active at dusk and at night. They have a distinctive call which includes a sharp tsiik followed by a pause and a two-syllable ba-haaww.
The nest is a scrape on the ground and the clutch consists of a single eggs. The chicks are well camouflaged among leaf litter.
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- Lyncornis macrotis
- Thai: นกตบยุงยักษ์, nok top yung yak
Lyncornis macrotis bourdilloni, Allan Octavian Hume, 1875
Range: Western Ghats
Lyncornis macrotis cerviniceps, John Gould, 1838
Range: Along the eastern Himalayas into Indochina and northern Malaysia
Lyncornis macrotis jacobsoni, George Christoffel Alexander Junge, 1936
Range: Simeulue Island
Lyncornis macrotis macropterus, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, 1850
Range: From the islands of Sulawesi, Talaud, Sangihe, Banggai and Sula
Lyncornis macrotis macrotis (nominate), Nicholas Aylward Vigors, 1831
- Eurostopodus mindanensis
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
- Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Doi Inthanon National Park
- Hat Chao Mai National Park
- Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- Huai Sala Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kaeng Krachan National Park
- Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
- Khao Khitchakut National Park
- Khao Laem National Park
- Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
- Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Khao Sok National Park
- Khao Yai National Park
- Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
- Khura Buri District, Phang Nga
- Ko Phayam
- Ko Phra Thong
- Kui Buri National Park
- Lan Sak District, Uthai Thani
- Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
- Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok
- Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
- Pang Sida National Park
- Pha Daeng National Park
- Phu Ruea National Park
- Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
- Sri Phang-nga National Park
- Tham Sakoen National Park
- Yan Ta Khao District, Trang
Range map of Lyncornis macrotis in Thailand
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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.
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