French: Engoulevent pointillé German: Fleckennachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras pecoso
Other common names: Freckled Rock Nightjar
Gondar, north Ethiopia.
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. t. sharpei
Alexander, 1901 – Guinea and N Sierra Leone E to W Nigeria, W Cameroon, N Equatorial Guinea and C Central African Republic.
C. t. pallidogriseus
R. H. Parker & Benson, 1971 – Nigeria (details unclear, perhaps on Jos Plateau).
C. t. tristigma
Rüppell, 1840 – Ethiopia, S South Sudan and NE DRCongo S to Burundi and N Tanzania.
C. t. lentiginosus
A. Smith, 1845 – W Angola, NW & WC Namibia and W South Africa.
C. t. granosus
Clancey, 1965 – SE DRCongo, Zambia and S Tanzania S to NE & E South Africa.
26–28 cm; male 70–100 g, female 69–91 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts and wing-coverts blackish-brown, profusely spotted and speckled white, pale... read more
Song of male is a variable “whow, whow, whow” or “ow-whow, ow-whow”,... read more
Typically, rocky terrain with vegetation: outcrops, rocky or boulder-strewn hills, kopjes and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet poorly studied. Feeds on moths, winged termites and beetles. Foraging methods not fully documented. Forages over rocks, rocky... read more
Breeds Jan to perhaps May in Nigeria, May–Jun in Ethiopia, Kenya and NE Zaire, late Aug to Nov in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia... read more
Poorly known. Although appears to be mainly sedentary, some populations may undertake local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout much of range and locally abundant in some countries or regions. Uncommon and local in Ghana; locally fairly common in Togo... read more
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