French: Engoulevent du Mozambique German: Welwitschnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras de Fosse
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Subspecies and Distribution
C. f. fossii
Hartlaub, 1857 – N & SW Gabon, and possibly SW Congo.
C. f. welwitschii
Bocage, 1867 – S DRCongo, N & W Zambia, Angola, N Namibia and N Botswana.
C. f. mossambicus
W. K. H. Peters, 1868 – SE DRCongo and S Tanzania S to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and NE & E South Africa.
C. f. griseoplurus
Clancey, 1965 – Kalahari Desert (Botswana) and extreme N South Africa.
23–24 cm; male 54–68 g, female 47–77 g, Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts generally dark greyish-brown, heavily speckled greyish-white; broad buff or... read more
Song of male is a distinctive churr that rises in pitch and then levels off, occasionally ending... read more
Mainly open woodland or scrub, wooded grassland, and sandy country near water: mopane woodland and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes moths, beetles, grasshoppers, winged termites, ants and bugs. Forages by hawking for prey low over ground or water. Also... read more
Breeds Jun on Pemba I, Oct on Zanzibar, Sept–Dec in S Burundi, S Tanzania and Mozambique, Sept–Nov in Malawi, Zambia and... read more
Nominate race probably sedentary. Race welwitschii possibly sedentary in parts of range,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very common to locally abundant throughout much of range. Locally common (perhaps seasonally) in S Kenya; widespread and common in S Zaire, C & S... read more
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