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Photo © by THE_FERN
Anaso track, Lore Lindu Indonesia, July 2023

Alternative names: Diabolical Nightjar; Heinrich's Nightjar; Satanic Eared-Nightjar

Eurostopodus diabolicus


27 cm.

  • overall dark grey brown
  • underparts barred/scalloped white and brown. May be quite rufous
  • collar thin and buff / ochre-coloured; extends almost to hind neck
  • cheek and throat uniformly dark
  • brow may appear slightly paler grey
  • scapulars often strikingly greyer on folded wing
  • third and fourth outer primaries have small white spots
  • tail barred blackish and greyish (no white)


Sulawesi endemic.
South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. North and centre of the island.



Eurostopodus diabolicus is monotypic[1]..



IUCN Red List category: Vulnerable (BirdLife International, 2008).[2]



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International (2008) The BirdLife checklist of the birds of the world, with conservation status and taxonomic sources. Version 1. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/downloads/BirdLife_Checklist_Version_1.zip [.xls zipped 1 MB].

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