French: Engoulevent de Bates German: Waldnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras de Bates
Other common names:
River Dja, Cameroon
Patchily S Cameroon, SW Central African Republic, Gabon and Congo E through parts of DRCongo to W Uganda.
29–31 cm; (unsexed) 89–112 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts and wing-coverts dark brown, broadly streaked, spotted and speckled blackish-brown, buff and tawny;... read more
Song of male is a loud “whow, whow, whow, whow”, given from perches and occasionally ground. Flight... read more
Mainly lowland primary rainforest, in clearings and along forest edges; also thick secondary forest... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes mantises, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, moths and ants. Foraging methods poorly documented. Forages above and among forest... read more
Poorly known. Breeds Dec–Jan in Gabon, Feb–Mar (possibly Nov–Jul) in Cameroon, and possibly all year in Zaire (Haut Zaire... read more
None documented. Sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered potential candidate for listing as threatened species. Possibly locally common in rainforests throughout range. Locally common in N Congo... read more
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