Montane Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruwenzorii) - HBW 5, p. 370
French: Engoulevent du Ruwenzori
Spanish: Chotacabras del Ruwenzori
Other common names: Ruwenzori Nightjar
Taxonomy: Caprimulgus ruwenzorii Ogilvie-Grant, 1908, Mubuku Valley, Mt Ruwenzori.
Often considered conspecific with C. poliocephalus; these two form superspecies with C. nigriscapularis and C. pectoralis. Angolan population has been separated as race koesteri, and in tail pattern appears intermediate between nominate and guttifer; this isolated population has even been suggested to be a separate species. Race guttifer has occasionally been treated as a separate species. Both of these forms have alternatively been considered races of C. poliocephalus. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- ruwenzorii Ogilvie-Grant, 1908 - SW Uganda to E Zaire; separate population in W Angola.
- guttifer Grote, 1921 - SW Tanzania, N Malawi and NE Zambia; separate population in NE Tanzania.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird calling on the ground and then flying to a tree top Locality Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp ruwenzorii)
Josep del Hoyo 10 September 2006 8 years ago 23 sec 4.4
On a forest path Locality Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda
Pascal Vagner 11 March 2013 3 years ago 15 sec 4.3
adult with chick
Locality Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda (ssp ruwenzorii)
Nik Borrow 20 June 2013 2 years ago 4.5
adult resting on road at night
Locality Nyika Plateau, Northern Region, Malawi (ssp guttifer)
Nik Borrow 2 December 2013 2 years ago 4.3
One of 3 showing well just after dusk on the main road through the park back up towards Ruhija
Locality Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
AdsBowley 21 June 2009 6 years ago 3.5
Flushed bird resettled on branch near ground
Locality Karibosa, Southern Region, Eritrea
Jason Anderson 25 April 2009 5 years ago 3.4