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Savanna nightjar

Savanna nightjar

The savanna nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis) is a species of nightjar found in South and Southeast Asia. Eight subspecies are recognised: C. a. monticolus, C. a. amoyensis, C. a. stictomus, C. a. affinis, C. a. timorensis, C. a. griseatus, C. a. mindanensis and C. a. propinquus.[2] Its habitat is open forest and areas with scrub.[3] Its length is about 25 cm (9.8 in). The upperparts are brownish-grey and vermiculated, with pale brown speckles. The underparts are brown, with bars.[4] The savanna nightjar is nocturnal and is recognizable by its characteristic loud chirping calls, mainly given in flight during the evening.[4] The IUCN Red List has assessed the species to be of least concern because it has a large range and its population trend is stable.[1]

Savanna nightjar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Genus: Caprimulgus
C. affinis
Binomial name
Caprimulgus affinis
Horsfield, 1821


  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Caprimulgus affinis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22689985A93255114. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22689985A93255114.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  2. Gill, F; D Donsker (eds.). "Frogmouths, Oilbird, potoos & nightjars". IOC World Bird List Version 6.3. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. Grimmett, Richard; Inskipp, Carol; Inskipp, Tim (2013). Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 228. ISBN 9781408162644.
  4. Myers, Susan (2016). Wildlife of Southeast Asia. Princeton University Press. p. 78. ISBN 9781400880720.
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