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Photo by Mike Barth
Murchison Falls, Uganda, December, 2011
Caprimulgus clarus



Africa: found from South East Sudan to Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and northern Tanzanianda]].


This is a monotypic species[1].



These birds tend to fly low, alighting on rocks and stumps or bare ground. By day they roost on the ground under shrub cover, flying only a short distance if disturbed.


The diet includes insects for which it hawks around lights.


It does not build a nest, simply laying its eggs on bare ground, usually under a bush.


  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/

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