Because of their silent flight, large eyes, and weird purring cry, nightjars were regarded as uncanny. In Yorkshire they were said to be the souls of *unbaptized infants, wandering for ever, and/or to be the sinister Gabriel Ratchets. In Shropshire and Cheshire they were called 'lich fowl', i.e. 'corpse birds', and in several counties the 'night hawk', 'night raven', or 'night crow', a term taken from a biblical list of birds which are 'an abomination' and should never be eaten (Leviticus 11: 16). They were also commonly called 'goatsuckers', being thought to suck the udders of goats and cows, infecting them with disease (Swainson, 1885/1965: 97-8).

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