Mother nightjar shelters rain for its baby

When the sun is out, mother bird takes her baby out sunbathing, but when it starts to rain, the mother moves the chick under its body, sheltering it from the drizzle.

This touching moment of a loving large-tailed nightjar mother looking after her newly hatched chick was captured on camera by our contributing bird lover in the forest of Pu'er City in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

The moment was also caught on video. Look how the chick squeezes its way under its mother's neck.


Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal birds with long wings, short legs, and very short bills. They nap during the day and forage at night on insects. Their feathers create a camouflage enabling them to blend with the surrounding environment.

(All images by Fang Qiaoran)

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