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Category:Caprimulgus - BirdForum Opus

Genus: Caprimulgus


Almost 50 species of Nightjar; worldwide distribution.


Caprimulgus is a genus in the family Caprimulgidae.
As formerly defined, this genus was not a natural entity, as new world members and old world members are not each others closests relatives. So new world members have been assigned to other genera (Antrostomus, Hydropsalis, Nyctidromus, Nyctipolus and Setopagis, Systellura).
Brown Nightjar and Collared Nightjar have been included in this genus.

Genus Caprimulgus viewedit
C. vexillarius Pennant-winged Nightjar
C. longipennis Standard-winged Nightjar
C. ruficollis Red-necked Nightjar
C. indicus Jungle Nightjar
C. jotaka Grey Nightjar
C. phalaena Palau Nightjar
C. europaeus European Nightjar
C. fraenatus Sombre Nightjar
C. rufigena Rufous-cheeked Nightjar
C. aegyptius Egyptian Nightjar
C. nubicus Nubian Nightjar
C. mahrattensis Sykes's Nightjar
C. eximius Golden Nightjar
C. macrurus Large-tailed Nightjar
C. andamanicus Andaman Nightjar
C. meesi Mees's Nightjar
C. atripennis Jerdon's Nightjar
C. manillensis Philippine Nightjar
C. celebensis Sulawesi Nightjar
C. donaldsoni Donaldson Smith's Nightjar
C. pectoralis Fiery-necked Nightjar
C. poliocephalus Montane Nightjar
C. asiaticus Indian Nightjar
C. madagascariensis Madagascar Nightjar
C. natalensis Swamp Nightjar
C. inornatus Plain Nightjar
C. stellatus Star-spotted Nightjar
C. solala Nechisar Nightjar
C. affinis Savanna Nightjar
C. griseatus Chirruping Nightjar
C. tristigma Freckled Nightjar
C. concretus Bonaparte's Nightjar
C. pulchellus Salvadori's Nightjar
C. prigoginei Prigogine's Nightjar
C. batesi Bates's Nightjar
C. climacurus Long-tailed Nightjar
C. clarus Slender-tailed Nightjar
C. fossii Square-tailed Nightjar


  1. SACC baseline read October 2009
  2. Kin-Lan Han MS thesis
  3. Birdforum thread discussing proposals to expand Hydropsalis