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Standard-winged Nightjar

From Opus

Photo by Reini Tendaba area, The Gambia, November 2005
Photo by Reini
Tendaba area, The Gambia, November 2005
Caprimulgus longipennis


[edit] Identification

20-23cm. Variegated grey, with a brown collar. The adult male has a wing ornament during the breeding season, with a broad central flight feather on each wing elongated to 38cm, much longer than the bird's body. 20cm or more of this is bare shaft. In normal flight, these feathers trail behind, but in display flight they are raised vertically like standards.

[edit] Distribution

Africa from Senegal east to Ethiopia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in the genus Macrodipteryx.

[edit] Habitat

Dry savannas, with some scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

No nest is made; the 2 elongated and elliptical eggs are placed upon the bare ground.

The diet includes moths and beetles.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from

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