French: Engoulevent du Natal German: Natalnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras del Natal
Other common names:
Durban, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. natalensis
A. Smith, 1845 – very patchily from E Gambia and S Mali E to SW Ethiopia and S to Gabon, N & E Angola, S DRCongo and E South Africa.
C. n. accrae
Shelley, 1875 – coastal strip from NC Sierra Leone E to W Cameroon.
C. n. mpasa
Smithers, 1954 – N Zambia.
C. n. carpi
Smithers, 1954 – E Angola, SW Zambia, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip) and N Botswana.
20–24 cm; 1 male 86·5 g, 1 female 65 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts brown or greyish-brown, heavily spotted with large, irregularly shaped dark brown marks on... read more
Song of male is a monotonous “chop, chop, chop, chop” given from ground. Flight call is... read more
Mainly wet or damp habitats, sparsely vegetated with tufts or clumps of grasses, plants and other... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes moths, termites, bugs and beetles. Foraging methods poorly documented, but recorded hunting around termite hills, pastures... read more
Breeds from Mar in Sierra Leone, Apr–May in Nigeria, possibly mid-Aug to Oct in SE Gabon, Apr–Jun in W Kenya, Mar–May in... read more
Poorly known. Both races probably sedentary throughout much of range, although local movements may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare in Gambia, though status uncertain; uncommon in Sierra Leone; widespread but mainly in coastal regions in Liberia; locally uncommon on... read more
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