French: Engoulevent étoilé German: Sternnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras estrellado
Blundell and Lovat
Kassim River, southern Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. stellatus
Blundell & Lovat, 1899 – E Ethiopia; single old record from NW Somalia#R#R.
C. s. simplex
Neumann, 1907 – C Ethiopia S, patchily, to SE South Sudan and NW & C Kenya.
21–23 cm; male 54–64 g, female 50–69 g. Sexes similar. Slight colour variation noted with individuals ranging from greyish or vinaceous brown to paler,... read more
Song of male is a soft, yelping “pweu, pweu, pweu, pweu” or “pwe-eh, pwe-eh, pwe-eh”, given from... read more
Largely confined to dry, open bush and grassland, but also stony semi-deserts and black lava fields... read more
Food and feeding
Diet poorly studied. Feeds on moths, mantises, beetles and grasshoppers. Foraging methods not documented.
Almost completely unknown. Possibly breeds Jan–Mar throughout range.
None documented. Sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in Ethiopia, especially in S, e.g. possibly one of commonest nightjars in Nechisar National Park; rare in SE Sudan; locally common in... read more
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