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Egyptian Nightjar - BirdForum Opus

Photo by RASHED
Location: Kuwait

Caprimulgus aegyptius



  • Sandy above with buff and brown bars and streaks
  • Sand or white below
  • Male has very small white spots on wings


Photo by Mike Barth
Ajban, UAE, September 2013

South west Asia and north Africa, wintering in tropical Africa.
Northern Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia
Middle East: Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran
Asia: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China and Pakistan



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. saharae:
  • Morocco to the Nile Delta; winters in western Sahel
  • C. a. aegyptius:

An additional subspecies arenicolor is generally considered invalid[2].


Open desert.



The diet includes moths.


The 2 eggs are laid on bare earth.


Call: repetitive kroo-kroo-kroo.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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