French: Engoulevent indien German: Hindunachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras hindú
Other common names:
Indian Little Nightjar
Bombay [Mumbai], India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. asiaticus
Latham, 1790 – SE Pakistan and India E to W Myanmar, N & S Thailand and S Indochina.
C. a. eidos
J. L. Peters, 1940 – Sri Lanka.
23–24 cm; 40–46 g (unsexed). Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts greyish brown streaked blackish brown, crown broadly streaked blackish brown edged rufous; broad buff or... read more
Song of male is a distinctive “chuk-chuk-chuk-chuk-k-k-k-roo” that starts slowly before... read more
Highly variable throughout range, but typically scrubland or wooded country. Light scrub jungle,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes moths, dung beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and bugs. During non-breeding season, also takes flowers of Euphorbia... read more
Surprisingly poorly documented. Breeds from Apr in Pakistan, Feb–Sept (mainly Apr to perhaps May) in India, Jan–Oct (mainly Mar... read more
Poorly known. Nominate race possibly sedentary, and also partially and locally migratory, e.g. in S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common and widespread throughout range. In S Pakistan, locally common in Thatta, Badin and Thar Parkar districts only; occurs in Khirtar... read more
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