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Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked

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Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:00 pm

Rufous-Cheeked Nightjar Caprimulgus rufigena


Sexes- simialar. Difficult to identify when perched, narrow rufous hindneck collar. call distinctive.
male- white wing spots and outer 2 tail feathers tipped white.
Female- wing and tail spots buff.
Juv- similarly marked to female.
Status- common breeding intra african migrant, present August- April, some birds over wintering in Zimbabwe.
Habitat- Dry open woodlands and clearings.
Food-Insects mainly beetles and moths.
Call- Sustained engine like churring, given at set speed (unlike Square tailed nightjar.
Breeding- Monogamous. Eggs laid in deppresion in ground.
Other names- Rooiwangnaguil

*info taken from Roberts bird guide*
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Re: Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked

Unread post by o-dog » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:36 pm

NICE 1 BATMAD!

My best place for this bird had been the KTP in summer....I found them very common their with there unique call! Also saeen them all the way East toward Mapungubwe. 8)
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Re: Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:27 pm

Yet another bird not on my life list but has grabbed my attention! 8)

Alot of birds have been seen in KTP at the moment looks like i need to plan a trip up there soon! :hmz:
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Re: Nightjar, Rufous-cheeked

Unread post by o-dog » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:12 pm

Yeah man...great place...been there lots and you are pretty much guarenteed lifers in both birds and mammals. I find mid summer the best time for the variety. :)
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