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Abyssinian Nightjar

Caprimulgus poliocephalus Rüppell, 1840

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Oscar Campbell 2019-04-06 Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela, North Wello, Amhara, Amhara (Ethiopia) (2500 m) song -

Song given whilst perched on post in hotel garden, at top of steep slope.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

474293
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Bram Piot 2018-09-09 Hill View, Spring Valley, Nairobi, Nairobi Area (Kenya) (1800 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

434337
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Oscar Campbell 2019-04-06 Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela, North Wello, Amhara, Amhara (Ethiopia) (2500 m) song -

Sudden delivery of two song phrases after long period of silence whilst bird perched on post in hotel garden, at top of steep slope. Same individual as featured in XC474293.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

474295
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Peter Boesman 2015-12-19 Lake Bishoftu, Oromia (Ethiopia) song - [sono] 300067
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Peter Boesman 2015-12-19 Lake Bishoftu, Oromia (Ethiopia) song - [sono] 300066
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Oscar Campbell 2019-04-07 Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela, North Wello, Amhara, Amhara (Ethiopia) (2500 m) song -

Song given whilst perched on post in hotel garden, on at top of steep slope. Same bird as featured in  XC474293,  XC474295 and  XC474296. This bird put on a stunning display for three consecutive nights, being approachable down to c5 feet as he intermittently sang and hunted from a 6-7 foot high, bare metal post in the small hotel garden above the cliff. The bird was mainly present from just after dusk to c2100 but at least once returned and resumed singing in the early hours of the morning.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

474308
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Peter Boesman 2015-12-12 Goba, Oromia (Ethiopia) song - [sono] 300063
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Shane Feyers 2015-07-22 Karen, Nairobi, Nairobi Area (Kenya) (1800 m) call -

This bird call is recorded in the suburbs. It seems like the bird sits in thick, dense tree cover, but the trees are only ~10-20ft in height. It may actually be that the bird is positioned on the ground in shrubs below the tree and the sound is being projected upward.

No filtering, bird calls take place initially after sunset (19:00), usually at a distance and then the calls cease until several hours later (23:00). They stop for some time until the very early morning before or during sunrise.

Thank you Jonathon Jongsma and Rory Nefdt for the reference and help identifying.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

263380
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus James Bradley 2014-11-08 Saimo Hills View Resort, Tugen Hills, Baringo (Kenya) (1950 m) flight call, song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

205586
xeno-canto.org
Mountain Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Mike Nelson 23-08-97 Treetops, Aberdares, Kenya (Kenya) (2000 m) Song (C) - This bird was singing in the background of the video of a Black Rhino I was filming at the salt lick. So wrapped up in the rhino that I didn't notice the bird till after I played it back once home. Not a great recording as it's from an old video but there isn't a recoriding of this bird on xeno. 39425
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Anne Ndung'u 2017-05-20 Nairobi, Nairobi County, Nairobi Area (Kenya) (1800 m) song -

Paused the recording at some point.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

371040
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Todd A. Watkins 2013-03-08 Karen, Nairobi, Nairobi Area (Kenya) (1900 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

128810
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Todd A. Watkins 2017-03-13 Karen, Nairobi, Nairobi Area (Kenya) (1900 m) song -

Two birds responding to each other, one somewhat distant. Semi-wooded and mature brushy, but suburban habitat.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

368928
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Bernard BOUSQUET 2018-06-13 Karatu, Arusha Region, Arusha (Tanzania) (1500 m) flight call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

426257
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Oscar Campbell 2019-04-06 Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela, North Wello, Amhara, Amhara (Ethiopia) (2500 m) call -

Very quiet 'tuk' calls given by bird at very close range, foraging from post in hotel garden. Generally silent whilst perched, but calls given whilst taking off or on feeding sortie, before soon landing again on post. Same individual as featured in XC474293.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

474296
xeno-canto.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Rory Nefdt 2012-02-22 Nyari, Nairobi, Nairobi Area (Kenya) (1742 m) Song (no score) -   95669
xeno-canto.org
Abyssinian Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Anna Blount 2019-02-14 Butterfly Cottage, Rift Valley, Kenya, Rift Valley (Kenya)   -   142429991
macaulaylibrary.org
Abyssinian Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus David C. Moyer 1995-11-02 Kawemba Forest Reserve, Iringa, Tanzania, Iringa (pre-2012) (Tanzania)   -   101281
macaulaylibrary.org
Abyssinian Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Todd Watkins 2013-03-08 Karen, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, Nairobi Area (Kenya)   -   21194851
macaulaylibrary.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus isaac kilusu 2019-01-16 Ngoroi road Rongai near Ngong Hills Forest, Kajiado (Kenya) (1800 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

452326
xeno-canto.org
Abyssinian Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Brendan O'Loughlin 2018-06-27 Rift Valley Academy, Central, Kenya, Central (Kenya)   - Turn volume up! The recording sounded much louder on my phone but not on the computer. 111750551
macaulaylibrary.org
Abyssinian Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Myles E. W. North 1962-07-15 NAIROBI; RECORDIST'S HOUSE, Kenya, Kenya (Kenya)   -   4901
macaulaylibrary.org
Abyssinian Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus David Guarnieri 2014-03-15 Soysambu Conservency, Rift Valley, Kenya, Rift Valley (Kenya)   -   43152721
macaulaylibrary.org
Montane Nightjar - Caprimulgus poliocephalus Ciira Maina 2016-03-14 Nyandarua, Nyandarua (Kenya) (2500 m) song -

Recording obtained with a farm in Nyandarua, Kenya

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

307899
xeno-canto.org
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