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 6 years ago 23 sec 4.4
On a forest path Locality Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda
Pascal Vagner 11 March 2013 49 weeks ago 15 sec 4.3
adult with chick
Locality Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda (ssp ruwenzorii)
Nik Borrow 20 June 2013 41 weeks ago 4.5
adult resting on road at night
Locality Nyika Plateau, Northern Region, Malawi (ssp guttifer)
Nik Borrow 2 December 2013 15 weeks 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 4 years ago 3.5
Flushed bird resettled on branch near ground
Locality Karibosa, Southern Region, Eritrea
Jason Anderson 25 April 2009 3 years ago 3.4