In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The goatsucker is in the nightjar family, the members of which sometimes are called nighthawks (although they're closely related to owls, not hawks).
- The best time of the year to census goatsuckers is early in the breeding season when birds are most vocal.
- They belong to a group of birds called goatsuckers or also known as nightjars for their nighttime singing.
- Birds in this family are also known, unflatteringly, as oilbirds, frogmouths, and goatsuckers, the last based on an old myth that these birds use their expansive maws to steal milk from goats.
- Sightings and tales of the goatsucker increase daily with - to Mr. Soto's visible discomfort - no end in sight.
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