Bernard Long (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
6" x 14" (140mm x 360mm)Date:
1983This is the original Watercolour painting by Bernard Long.
The adult male Standard Wing Nightjar has a bizarre and unusual wing ornament during the breeding season which consists of a broad central flight feather on each wing elongated to 38 cm, much longer than the bird's body. 20 cm or more of this is bare shaft.
In normal flight, these feathers trail behind, but in display flight they are raised vertically like standards. The male Pennant Wing Nightjar is characteristic in having a broad white band over the otherwise black primaries. In addition the males acquire a striking 2nd primary feather during the breeding season. These pennants grow to greater lengths in successive years, up to twice the body length. They are dropped or broken off quickly upon completion of breeding. With the distal (9th) and proximal (1st - 3rd) primaries being longest, the wings of male birds are distinctly angular.
A detailed and colourful watercolour painting from the publication Strange and Curious Creatures, written by Rupert Oliver and illustrated by Bernard Long. 1984.