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A nocturnal animal is one that sleeps during the day and is active at night - the opposite of the human (diurnal) schedule. The intermediate crepuscular schedule (twilight activity) is also common.


Nocturnal animals generally have highly developed senses of hearing and smell, and specially adapted eyesight. In zoos, nocturnal animals are usually kept in special night-illumination enclosures to reverse their normal sleep-wake cycle and to keep them active during the hours when visitors will be attempting to see them.


Some animals, such as cats, have eyes that can adapt to both night and day levels of illumination. Others, eg bushbabies and bats, can only function at night.


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Nocturne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (545 words)
A nocturne (from the French for "nocturnal") is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night.
The first nocturnes to be written as such were by the Irish composer John Field, generally viewed as the father of the modern nocturne.
Nocturnes are generally thought of as being tranquil, often expressive and lyrical, and sometimes rather gloomy, but in practice pieces with the name nocturne have conveyed a variety of moods: the second of Debussy's orchestral Nocturnes, "FĂȘtes", for example, is very lively.
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Nocturne is also the name of a role-playing game for the PlayStation 2.
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