Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus) - HBW 5, p. 339
French: Engoulevent argus
Spanish: Chotacabras Argos
Other common names: Spotted Eared-nightjar
Taxonomy: Eurostopodus argus Hartert, 1892, Australia, Aru Islands and probably New Ireland.
Genus tentatively merged into Caprimulgus by one author, but this proposal has received very little support. Formerly listed as E. guttatus, but this name applies to E. mystacalis, of which it is a junior synonym. Birds of NW Australia formerly separated as race harterti, those of Groote Eylandt as gilberti, and those of Banda Sea as insulanus, but variation appears to be limited and clinal. Monotypic.
Distribution: Most of Australia, but generally absent in coastal regions from C Queensland S to SE South Australia and Tasmania. Some birds winter N to Lesser Sundas and Aru Is.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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A pair of Spotted Nightjars resting in forest leaf litter
Locality Round Hill Nature Reserve, New South Wales, Australia
Rhonda Hansch 28 October 2011 1 year ago 3.8
Perched in a tree after being flushed from hide
Locality Mary River National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Lindsay Hansch 10 July 2008 2 years ago 2.8
one bird roosting in daylight under a small shrub
Locality Wellington East, South Australia, Australia (Monotypic species)
Peter Waanders 19 June 2006 3 years ago 2.7
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