Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Abyssinian Nightjar (Caprimulgus poliocephalus) - HBW 5, p. 369

French: Engoulevent d’Abyssinie German: Höhennachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras Abisinio
Other common names: Montane Nightjar(!), Mountain Nightjar

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus poliocephalus Rüppell, 1840, Kulla, Ethiopia.
Often considered conspecific with C. ruwenzorii; these two form superspecies with C. nigriscapularis and C. pectoralis. Population in Saudi Arabia possibly racially distinct, requires further study. Race guttifer and proposed race koesteri of C. ruwenzorii have sometimes been placed in present species. Monotypic.

Distribution: SW Saudi Arabia and possibly Yemen, discontinuously through C Ethiopia to NE Uganda and N Tanzania.

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