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Veles binotatus

Caprimulgus binotatus


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.


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


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


Lowland, open canopy primary rainforest with a thick understory.


Roosts above ground, usually in loops in lianas.


  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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