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Photo by ammadoux
Botanical Garden, north east Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 10 September 2020


Caprimulgus nubicus


21–22 cm (8¼-8¾ in)

  • Grey or buff upperparts with much black streaking
  • Crown may have rufous streaks or spots
  • Tawny nuchal collar
  • White throat patch
  • Buff underparts with brown bars


  • Large white spots on 4 outer primaries
  • Broad white tips to outer tail feathers

Female has smaller wing and tail spots


Middle East and eastern Africa
Middle East: found inIsrael and Jordan
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
African Islands: Socotra



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. n. tamaricis:
  • C. n. nubicus:
  • C. n. torridus:
  • C. n. jonesi:


Dry scrubland with acacia, often near water, sparsely vegetated wadis. Bush coastal dunes



Their main diet consists of moths, grasshoppers and beetles, taken in flitting flight often over water. They will also forage on the ground amongst animal dung.


The clutch contains 1-2 lilac blotched, white eggs which are laid directly on the ground usually under a thorn bush.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Avibase d. Retrieved 11 September 2020

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