Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius) - HBW 5, p. 361

French: Engoulevent du désert German: Pharaonenziegenmelker Spanish: Chotacabras Egipcio

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus aegyptius Lichtenstein, 1823, upper Egypt.
Asian populations (E of Syria) sometimes separated as race arenicolor, but variation is clinal, with birds increasing in size towards east. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • saharae Erlanger, 1899 - C & EC Morocco, N (and occasionally S) Algeria, C Tunisia, probably NW Libya, and possibly E towards N Egypt; winters in W Sahel.
  • aegyptius Lichtenstein, 1823 - NE Egypt and N Arabian Peninsula, E to extreme CW China, NE Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, extreme W Pakistan and SE Iran; winters in E Sahel.

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