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Meaning of CAPRIMULGIDAE in English
  1. goatsuckers
  2. A widely distributed natural family of nocturnally active birds including the whip-poor-will (caprimulgus vociferus), the chuck-will's-widow (caprimulgus carolinensis), and the common nighthawk (chordeiles minor); - called popularly the goatsuckers or nightjars. the nighthawks are sometimes active during the day. the family . . . is alternately known as the nightjars (derived from the "churring" sounds of several species - "jarring" the night air), or goatsuckers, a nonsense name that should be discontinued as it has its origin in the preposterous myth that the birds sucked the milk of nanny goats until they were dry. - terence michael short (wild birds of the americas
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