French: Engoulevent de Sykes German: Sykesnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras de Mahratta
Mahrattas [Maharashtra], western India
SE Iran, S Afghanistan, Pakistan and NW India. Winters in W, N & C India.
22–24 cm; male 58 g, female 56 g. Sexually dimorphic, though not greatly so. Upperparts sandy-grey, lightly spotted blackish brown, with indistinct buffish nuchal... read more
Song of male is an evenly pitched churr given from ground, mainly at dusk and dawn, similar to but... read more
Mainly semi-deserts with scattered thorn scrub; also dry stony scrubland, gravel or clay plains,... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on moths, beetles and other insects up to 2 cm long. Foraging flight agile and buoyant, and hunts low over open country, including... read more
Breeds Feb–Aug (mainly Mar–May) in Pakistan and Mar–May in NW India (Punjab and Gujarat); no data from other regions.... read more
Poorly known. Sedentary and partially migratory; perhaps those populations in hills being more... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Most habitats in which species occurs are unlikely to be subject to substantial human influence in near future. Locally common in many regions within... read more
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