Nightjar, Egyptian


Name: Nightjar, Egyptian

Scientific name: Caprimulgus aegyptius

Type: Nightjar

Color: Brown,Cream

Habitat: Fields

Size: 26cm

Conservation status:

Rare Passage Migrant


The palest of the nightjars. Pale sandy grey base-colour, broad rows of inconspicuous buff tips to wing-coverts and white patch on side of neck (often very hard to see); in flight, very pale underwing, and above, dark flight-feathers which contrast with pale upperwing-coverts. Both sexes lack white patch in wing, but male shows pale creamy spots on outer tail-feathers below. Voice an important character. Told from European Nightjar by pale sandy plumage, contrast between dark flight-feathers and pale coverts and lack of white spots in less pointed wings.

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