French: Engoulevent doré German: Prachtnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras dorado
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. e. simplicior
E. J. O. Hartert, 1921 – S Mauritania and N Senegal E to C Chad.
C. e. eximius
Temminck, 1826 – S & C Sudan.
23–25 cm; one male 66·3 g, one female 42·1 g. Sexes similar. Upperparts and wing-coverts tawny or tawny-buff, with greyish-white rectangular spots edged... read more
Song of male is a prolonged churr given from ground, of 23 notes/second, given at dusk and dawn,... read more
Typically, sparsely vegetated semi-desert with grass and scrub, in sandy, gravelly, stony or rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on moths, grasshoppers (up to 5 cm long), mantises, bugs and beetles; stomachs of dead birds found in Niger contained almost... read more
Poorly documented. Breeds Apr–May in N Senegal and Mali, Mar–Apr in Sudan; no data from other regions. No nest, eggs laid on... read more
Generally sedentary, although in W of range race simplicior may disperse after breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon, perhaps even rare, in N Senegal (rare in Djoudj National Park but more frequently recorded near Richard Toll), common in SW... read more
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