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A photo of a Fiery-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis)
Fiery-necked Nightjar

Fiery-necked Nightjar

Caprimulgus pectoralis

The fiery-necked nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis) is a species of nightjar in the family Caprimulgidae, which occurs in Africa south of the equator. Its distinctive and frequently uttered call is rendered as 'good-lord-deliver-us'. It is replaced in the tropics by a near relative, the black-shouldered nightjar, which Clements considers a subspecies. In addition to the latter, it forms a species complex with the Montane and Ruwenzori nightjars. The plumage of this small species of nightjar is fairly colourful with marked contrasts. The center of the crown is marked with swarthy stripes, the ear coverts are chestnut brown, and the necked is fringed and highlighted with tawny shades. The gape is fringed with rictal bristles with white bases. The grey scapulars are marked with two clear rows of angular black spots. White markings cover the outer vanes of the primary feather emargination, and in males, the outer tail feather is marked with an extended white outer vane. The wing coverts are marked with small, pearly spots.
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Kris Sexton
Wednesday 20 Sep 2023 - 5:49pm
South Africa
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Cathryn Gill
Wednesday 20 Sep 2023 - 5:34pm
South Africa
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Rose Bilbrough
Wednesday 20 Sep 2023 - 4:46pm
South Africa
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Rowan Albertyn
Tuesday 19 Sep 2023 - 7:16pm
South Africa
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