Freckled Nightjar

The Freckled Nightjar is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family. It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The Freckled Nightjar is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Wilderness Safaris heard a Freckled Nightjar calling in the northern part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), well outside its known range. The Freckled Nightjar is a bird of rocky areas and is abundant in the eastern Hardveld of Botswana - there are also records from the Aha and Tsodilo Hills in north-western Ngamiland. More

The Freckled Nightjar (Caprimulgus tristigma) is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family. It is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. References - * BirdLife International 2004. Caprimulgus tristigma. More

Freckled nightjar, Klipbokkop Mountain Lodge, South Africa. The Freckled nightjar occurs in localized populations across sub-Saharan Africa, from Guinea to Ethiopia south to southern Africa. Here it is scarce in the western half of the region, but is however much more common in the eastern Half, especially in Zimbabwe. More

The Freckled nightjar occurs in localized populations across sub-Saharan Africa, from Guinea to Ethiopia south to southern Africa. Here it is scarce in the western half of the region, but is however much more common in the eastern Half, especially in Zimbabwe. It roosts and nests on rocks, and can actually tolerate surface temperatures of 60 degrees centigrade! It feeds mainly on beetles and moths, and has the largest gape of any nightjar, and is capable of swallowing 3.5 cm long insects whole. More

We found that freckled nightjars have the capacity to enter torpor, with a minimum observed Tskin of 12.8 More

a picture of the Freckled Nightjar on page . The Freckled Nightjar belongs to the family of birds classified as . According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Freckled Nightjar is also known by these other names: West African Freckled Nightjar, Freckled Rock Nightjar, Rock Nightjar, Abyssinian Freckled Nightjar, Cape freckled Nightjar, South African Freckled Nightjar, Gold Coast Uele Nightjar. More

Picture of Caprimulgus tristigma above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
Original source: David Bygott
Author: David Bygott
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Order : Caprimulgiformes
Family : Caprimulgidae
Genus : Caprimulgus
Species : tristigma
Authority : Rüppell, 1840
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