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Species Guide

Sykes's Nightjar

Caprimulgus mahrattensis

The Sykes's nightjar, also known as Sykes' nightjar, Sind nightjar, or Sindh nightjar, bears the scientific name Caprimulgus mahrattensis. This elusive bird is a member of the nightjar family, Caprimulgidae, and is recognized for its nocturnal habits.

Identification Tips

To identify the Sykes's nightjar, one must look for its cryptic plumage, which provides excellent camouflage against the ground. Its appearance is typical of nightjars, with mottled grey and brown feathers that blend seamlessly into its surroundings.


The Sykes's nightjar is found in the Banni Grasslands, an area characterized by its dry grassland ecosystem. This habitat provides the bird with the perfect environment for nesting and feeding.


This species is native to northwestern South Asia, where it thrives in the arid landscapes.

Conservation status

The Sykes's nightjar is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. This indicates that, at present, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers that would warrant a higher level of concern.

The name of this nightjar species honors Colonel William Henry Sykes, a British military officer who served in India and contributed to the ornithology of the region.

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