Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Swamp Nightjar (Caprimulgus natalensis) - HBW 5, p. 371

French: Engoulevent du Natal German: Natalnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras del Natal
Other common names: African White-tailed Nightjar, Natal Nightjar

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus natalensis A. Smith, 1845, Durban.
Nominate incorporates possible races: chadensis (Sahel zone S to W Uganda); gabonensis (WC Africa); fulviventris (Angola); carpi (Caprivi Strip, Namibia); and mpusa (Zambia). Two ­subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • natalensis A. Smith, 1845 - very patchily from E Gambia to SW Ethiopia and S to E South Africa.
  • accrae Shelley, 1875 - coastal strip from NC Sierra Leone to W Cameroon.

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