French: Engoulevent de Jerdon German: Maharadschanachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras marajá
Eastern Ghats, India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. atripennis
Jerdon, 1845 – peninsular India in Western Ghats (Goa S to Kerala) and Eastern Ghats (Odisha S to Tamil Nadu).
C. a. aequabilis
Ripley, 1945 – Sri Lanka.
25·5–27 cm; 1 male 55 g. Sexually dimorphic. Crown greyish-brown, central feathers boldly but sparsely spotted or streaked blackish-brown; rest of upperparts... read more
Song of male is a repetitive, liquid “ow-r-r-r-r”, often preceded by low “grog” sounds; sings from... read more
Mainly forest, woods and forested country: evergreen forest, moist deciduous forest, dry forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly documented. Feeds on insects, especially beetles, moths and termites. Forages in powerful, swooping flight, interspersed with... read more
Poorly studied. Breeds Mar–Jul (mainly Mar–Apr) in India, Feb–May and Aug–Sept in Sri Lanka. No nest, eggs laid... read more
None documented. Sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reported to be reasonably common throughout its range, although details lacking. Occurs in several protected areas, including Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarhole... read more
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