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  Savanna Nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis)





Savanna Nightjar | Caprimulgus affinis photo
Savannah Nightjar

Image by Ravi Vaidyanathan - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



SAVANNA NIGHTJAR FACTS

Description
The Savanna Nightjar is a brownish grey nocturnal bird with pale brown speckles. The underside is brown with bars. It is a nocturnal bird from eastern and south east Asia that is a vagrant in Australia. The IUCN has assessed the species to be of least concern because it has a large range and stable population trend.

Size
25cm

Habitat
open forest and woodland, savanna, scrubland

Food
insects which it catches in flight

Range
The Savanna Nightjar is found in south Asia and south-east Asia. In Australia it is a vagrant on Christmas Island and tropical Queensland (?).

distribution map showing range of Caprimulgus affinis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Caprimulgiformes
Family:Caprimulgidae
Genus:Caprimulgus
Species:affinis
Common Name:Savanna Nightjar

Relatives in same Genus
  Large-tailed Nightjar (C. macrurus)