Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Jerdon's Nightjar (Caprimulgus atripennis) - HBW 5, p. 366

French: Engoulevent de Jerdon German: Maharadschanachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras Marajá
Other common names: Long-tailed Nightjar(!), Indian Long-tailed Nightjar; Ceylon Nightjar (aequabilis)

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus atripennis Jerdon, 1845, Eastern Ghats, India.
Forms superspecies with C. macrurus, C. manillensis and C. celebensis, and all four were formerly considered conspecific. Occasionally treated as monotypic. Two subspecies normally ­recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • atripennis Jerdon, 1845 - Western Ghats (Kerala N to S Maharashtra) and Eastern Ghats (Tamil Nadu N to Durgapur, West Bengal).
  • aequabilis Ripley, 1945 - Sri Lanka.