Rufous-cheeked Nightjar (Caprimulgus rufigena) - HBW 5, p. 361
French: Engoulevent à joues rousses
Spanish: Chotacabras Carirrojo
Taxonomy: Caprimulgus rufigena A. Smith, 1845, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Formerly considered conspecific with C. fraenatus, and these two form superspecies with C. europaeus. In past, birds of Angola occasionally separated as race quanzae, but probably not distinct from nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- damarensis Strickland, 1852 - coastal W Angola, Namibia (except coastal region), Botswana and NW South Africa.
- rufigena A. Smith, 1845 - South Africa, Zimbabwe and S Zambia; possibly also S Mozambique and S Angola.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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Bird was shot during an early morning walk into the bush. It could be approached very close (only 3 or 4 meters) before take off
Locality Benoue National Park, Adamawa Province, Cameroon
Christophe Balleron 29 April 2011 5 years ago 3.5
Underwing from a death bird found on the track.
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Fran Trabalon 8 November 2011 3 years ago 3
- No sound recordings available yet