French: Engoulevent de jungle German: Dschungelnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras de jungla
Other common names:
Indian Jungle Nightjar, Indian Nightjar,
Grey Nightjar (when lumped with C. jotaka and C. phalaena)
Subspecies and Distribution
C. i. indicus
Latham, 1790 – India S of Himalayas from E Rajasthan E to Bihar and Odisha and S through peninsula.
C. i. kelaarti
Blyth, 1851 – Sri Lanka.
21·5–24 cm; male 60–108 g, female 65–92 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts greyish brown streaked blackish brown, broadly so on crown; indistinct... read more
Song of male (given all night during breeding season) is a slow, evenly spaced, prolonged series of... read more
Mainly forest, woods and wooded country, in open woodland, deciduous, pine and mixed bamboo forest... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on moths, beetles (including Melolonthinae), bugs (Hemiptera), flying ants, cicadas, grasshoppers, locusts and small wasps. Foraging... read more
Breeds Feb–May (mainly Mar–Apr) in India, late Feb to Aug in S India, and Feb–Jul in Sri Lanka. Nest-site near or on rock... read more
Poorly understood. Throughout much of range from Indian range, populations largely sedentary or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in India, where resident in many regions, locally migratory in others; locally common in Sri Lanka (perhaps commoner in drier E). Adaptable,... read more
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