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Veles binotatus

Caprimulgus binotatus

Identification

Sexually monomorphic. Smallish, dark rainforest Nightjar. Dark brown with buff and chestnut mottling. No collar on hind neck. Small, bright white spots on the sides of the neck. Unique - for African Nightjars - "tented" tail. No white in either the wings or tail in flight.

Distribution

Africa. Liberia ( Mt. Nimba ), southern Ivory Coast, southern Ghana, southern and western Cameroon, northern Gabon, northern Congo, southern Central African Republic, central Democratic Republic of Congo

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
It is often placed in genus Caprimulgus.

Habitat

Lowland, open canopy primary rainforest with a thick understory.

Behaviour

Roosts above ground, usually in loops in lianas.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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