Nocturnal Birds

Ever since we have been young little cubs, we have been intrigued by the animals that come out at night time.   The world is filled with animals that are either active in the day time, active in the night time or active at dusk and dawn.  For the animals that are active at night, these are referred to as nocturnal animals.  Nocturnal animals choose to be nocturnal for many reasons, including safety, better chances for hunting, changes in prey options, and feeling more comfortable in your environment.

Many animals are nocturnal, including some very well known predators, but in the world of birds being nocturnal is not that common.   In fact there are only a handful of birds that prefer to be out at and active at night time.  One that you might know really well is the owls, but there is a few more you might not have expected.

Here is a list of some other nocturnal birds:

  • Ashy storm-petrels
  • Poorwills
  • Pauraques
  • Stone-curlews
  • Potoos
  • Woodcocks
  • Frogmouths
  • Owlet-nightjars
  • Little penguins
  • Night parrots
  • Nightjars
  • Night-herons
  • Owls
  • Kakapos
  • Kiwis

The world of birds is very diverse, but the nocturnal birds are not as common.  However, they are interesting none the less. To learn more about the world of birds then head to the bird center in the kids zone!

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