Previously placed with C. vexillarius in a separate genus, Macrodipteryx, but recent phylogenetic study indicates that both are embedded within Caprimulgus#R. Despite evident differences in morphology, these two species exhibit similarities in vocalizations, breeding strategy, and some roosting and feeding habits, as well as a number of morphological affinities, and are probably closely related. Monotypic.
Gambia, S Senegal and W Liberia E through C Cameroon and N DRCongo to SW South Sudan, N Uganda and possibly NW Kenya; present in dry season in coastal strip from E Liberia to W Cameroon, and in SE Uganda (Dec–Mar), but breeding not confirmed in these areas. Winters in Sahel zone N of breeding range.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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