French: Engoulevent à joues rousses German: Rostwangen-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras carirrojo
Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. damarensis
Strickland, 1853 – W Angola, Namibia (except coastal region), W & C Botswana and NW South Africa.
C. r. rufigena
A. Smith, 1845 – SE Angola, S Zambia, Zimbabwe and E Botswana S to S, C & NE South Africa; possibly also S Mozambique.
23–24 cm; male 48–65 g, female 46–66 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts greyish-brown streaked blackish-brown; narrowish buff or tawny-buff nuchal... read more
Song of male is a continuous, evenly pitched churr, often commencing with “a-whoop” notes and... read more
Mainly open wooded savanna, miombo woodland, woodland edges and clearings, semi-arid acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on moths, beetles and other insects. Foraging methods not fully documented, although large numbers of birds may congregate where food... read more
Breeds Sept–Nov in Angola and Zambia, Sept–Jan in Botswana, and Sept–Dec in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Monogamous;... read more
A breeding visitor to much of S & SW Africa, after which moves N to winter in WC Africa. Main... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Frequent to locally common in suitable habitat during breeding season. Few data available on population levels; in S Zambia, common... read more
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