Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Long-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus climacurus) - HBW 5, p. 377

French: Engoulevent à longue queue German: Schleppennachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras Rabudo
Other common names: Slender-tailed Nightjar(!)

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus climacurus Vieillot, 1825, Senegal.
Forms superspecies with C. clarus and C. fossii, and all three have frequently been separated in genus Scotornis. Dark, dull-coloured birds from Sierra Leone to S Nigeria sometimes treated as separate race leonini, but possibly intermediate between nominate and race sclateri, or variant of latter. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • climacurus Vieillot, 1825 - Mauritania E to W Ethiopia (except White Nile in S Sudan) and S to N & SE Zaire.
  • sclateri (Bates, 1927) - humid belt of W Africa (boundaries between races unclear).
  • nigricans (Salvadori, 1868) - White Nile in Sudan, from Kosti S to Shambe and L Nyubor; also along Bahr el Zeraf and Sobat R.

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