Caprimulgus pectoralis Cuvier, 1816, Western Cape, South Africa. Four subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Pectoral nightjar; French: Engoulevent musicien; German: Pfeifnachtschwalbe; Spanish: Chotacabras Mъsico.
9–10 in (23–25 cm); 1.2–2.5 oz (35–70 g). Dark brown, grayish brown, brownish white, buff, tawny, and white cryptic coloration. Sexually dimorphic.
Africa from Kenya and Angola south to South Africa.
Woodlands and forest edges.
Roosts on ground during day; active mainly from dusk to dawn. Distinctive territorial song a whistled phrase rendered as Good Lord deliver us.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Catches insect prey on sallying flights from perches.
Unlined nest on ground with clutch usually of two eggs. Eggs are white to pale pink, usually with brownish spots. Incubation by female during day, by male at night, period 18 days. Small young have brownish down. Young able to fly when about 18 days old.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Usually not noticed by local people, except for its nocturnal songs.
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