French: Engoulevent des épines German: Dornbusch-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras espinero
NW Somalia and E Ethiopia S to NE Tanzania; possibly also SE South Sudan.
18–19 cm; male 21–36 g, female 26–36 g. Sexually dimorphic, but only slightly so. Smallest African nightjar, although marginally so versus C. nubicus... read more
Song of male is a series of melodious, high-pitched whistles, “tu-wee, tiu”, each... read more
Mainly arid or semi-arid scrubland and Acacia bush country, also wooded wadis, from sea-... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes ants, grasshoppers, moths (with wingspan up to 35 mm), beetles (up to 15 mm long) and caterpillars. Forages by hawking after... read more
Poorly documented. Breeds May–Jun in Somalia, Mar in Ethiopia, and possibly Aug–Oct in Kenya. No nest, eggs laid usually on... read more
Poorly understood and possibly sedentary in parts of its range; common in Ilemi Triangle (S Sudan)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common to abundant up to 1400 m throughout range, less common at higher altitudes. Seasonally common in suitable habitat in SE... read more
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