- Caprimulgus climacurus
Length 28-43 cm (11-17 in). Small-bodied with a long tail.
Variable in colour ranging from pale brown, brown and greyish-brown to sandy-buff.
- Upperparts and wing-coverts generally greyish-brown, finely streaked brown
- White line across forewing
- Broad tawny or buff nuchal collar
- White throat patch
- Pale brown underparts, speckled and barred pale buff, becoming buff thinly barred brown on belly and flanks
- Broad white band across five outermost primaries and white trailing edge to inner wing
- Tail graduated, central pair longest, outer tail feathers edged and tipped white
- Bill brown, legs and feet brownish
- Buff or buffish-white line across forewing
- Buffish-white wing band and buff or buffish-white trailing edge to inner wing
- Sshorter-tailed with outer feathers edged and tipped buff
- Iris brown
Immature similar to adult female but paler.
- Subspecies nigricans distinctive, generally blackish, male often longer-tailed
- Subspecies sclateri more rufous, but variable in colour.
Caprimulgus climacurus has three subspecies::
- C. c. climacurus
- C. c. sclateri
- C. c. nigricans
- Eastern Sudan
A wide variety of different habitats, from arid semi-desert through to savanna and clearings in lowland forest.
Their diet consists of beetles, winged termites, moths, mantids, bugs, ants and grasshoppers. They feed in flight.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Long-tailed Nightjar. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Long-tailed_Nightjar
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