Family Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)


Nechisar Nightjar (Caprimulgus solala)


French: Engoulevent du Nechisar German: Nechisarnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras de Nechisar

Caprimulgus solala

Safford, Ash, Duckworth, Telfer and Zewdie

, 1995,

Nechisar Plains, 1200 m, North Omo, Ethiopia


Known only from a single wing, removed from a decomposing corpse. Validity of taxon questioned, on basis that individual variability of nightjar plumages had not been taken into account#R, but this countered by original describers#R. Monotypic.


Insufficient information; species is known from a single wing taken from a dead individual on a road in Nechisar Plains, in S Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

Probably c. 25 cm; maximum wing chord 18·8 cm, longer than that of other nightjars in the area. General appearance uncertain, as based on just one specimen from which only... read more


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Only known individual was found dead beside a dirt road in completely treeless plains of natural (... read more

Food and feeding

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Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in South Ethiopian Highlands EBA. Known from a single wing salvaged from a road corpse on the Nechisar Plains in S Ethiopia.... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Nechisar Nightjar (Caprimulgus solala). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).