French: Engoulevent malgache German: Madagaskarnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras malgache
Sainte Marie, Madagascar
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. aldabrensis
Ridgway, 1894 – Aldabra.
C. m. madagascariensis
Sganzin, 1840 – Madagascar (including Nosy Boraha).
21–23 cm; male 37–43 g, female 45–51 g, unsexed 43–44 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts greyish-brown streaked blackish-brown, generally no... read more
Song of male is a repetitive “tuk-tr-tr-tr-tr-tr”; occasionally gives “cop, cop, cop” notes, a soft... read more
All types of open or lightly wooded country: woodland, including partially or totally degraded... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on grasshoppers, moths, cicadas and beetles. Forages by hawking around treetops, in open country or over water. When hunting,... read more
Breeds Aug to perhaps Oct in SW Madagascar, Oct–Nov in N Madagascar, and Sept–Dec on Aldabra. No nest, eggs laid usually on... read more
None documented. Probably sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread throughout Madagascar, especially in E; in some regions in SE, vocalizations suggest densities of up to 6 birds per 0·5... read more
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