Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Fiery-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis) - HBW 5, p. 369

French: Engoulevent musicien German: Pfeifnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras Músico
Other common names: African Dusky Nightjar

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus pectoralis Cuvier, 1817, Knysna, Cape Province.
Often considered conspecific with C. nigriscapularis; these two form superspecies with C. poliocephalus and C. ruwenzorii. The three more northerly races have been considered so distinct from nominate that they may represent an incipient species (C. fervidus). Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • shelleyi Bocage, 1879 - Angola and S Zaire E to Tanzania and SE Kenya.
  • fervidus Sharpe, 1875 - S Angola, N Namibia, N & E Botswana and Zimbabwe to NE South Africa.
  • crepusculans Clancey, 1994 - S Malawi (possibly), SE Zimbabwe and Mozambique to E South Africa and E Swaziland.
  • pectoralis Cuvier, 1817 - S South Africa.