French: Engoulevent à longue queue German: Schleppennachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras rabudo
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. climacurus
Vieillot, 1824 – S Mauritania and Senegal E to S Sudan and N South Sudan; partial migrant S to guinean savanna and forest zones.
C. c. sclateri
(Bates, 1927) – humid belt of W Africa (Sierra Leone to Nigeria) E to N DRCongo, W Uganda and S South Sudan.
C. c. nigricans
(Salvadori, 1868) – centred on White Nile in SE Sudan (Kosti), reaching E to W Eritrea and S to NE South Sudan (Shambe and L Nyubor; also along Bahr el Zeraf and R Sobat) and W Ethiopia.
28–43 cm; male 39–58 g, female 35–61 g. Sexually dimorphic. Variable in colour ranging from pale brown, brown and greyish-brown to sandy-buff. Upperparts... read more
Song of male is a long, evenly pitched churr, often ending with series of “chong” or... read more
Highly variable throughout range, in all habitats from arid semi-deserts to woods, forest and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles, moths, mantises, bugs, ants, winged termites and grasshoppers. Foraging methods poorly studied. Forages in flight,... read more
Surprisingly poorly documented. Breeds Mar–Sept in N Senegal and possibly also Gambia, Mar–Aug in Mali and N Nigeria, Jan... read more
Poorly known. Nominate race migratory and partially sedentary, some populations moving S after... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and locally abundant throughout much of range, perhaps less so in forest clearings in S. Widespread and often rather common in Senegal;... read more
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