Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Rufous-cheeked Nightjar (Caprimulgus rufigena) - HBW 5, p. 361

French: Engoulevent à joues rousses German: Rostwangen-Nachtschwalbe 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.

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