French: Engoulevent de Nubie German: Nubischer Ziegenmelker Spanish: Chotacabras nubio
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. tamaricis
Tristram, 1864 – Israel and Jordan S to SW Saudi Arabia (including one record from Farasan Is) and SW & S Yemen; some winter in coastal Sudan and Eritrea to NW Somalia.
C. n. nubicus
M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823 – C Sudan.
C. n. torridus
E. L. Phillips, 1898 – C Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and possibly NE Uganda; Socotra.
21–22 cm; male 46–55 g, 1 female 49 g. Upperparts greyish or buffish, thinly streaked blackish-brown, with crown often heavily streaked or spotted rufous; broad... read more
Song of male is a double-noted “ow-wow” or treble-noted “ow-wow-wow”, given from ground.
Typically dry, sparsely vegetated wadis, acacia scrubland (often near water), tamarisk thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes moths, grasshoppers and beetles. Forages by flitting about after prey, often hunting close to water. Also forages on ground,... read more
Poorly known. Breeds Apr to perhaps Jul in Jordan and Israel, May (possibly) to Sept in Saudi Arabia (juvenile late Sept), Jun–Aug in... read more
Poorly known. Nominate race probably sedentary. Middle Eastern race tamaricis ... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in EC Sudan, C Ethiopia and N Somalia (Haud Plateau); widely distributed but uncommon and local in Kenya, where status uncertain and... read more
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