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Abyssinian Nightjar

Caprimulgus poliocephalus

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A medium-sized typical nightjar with a rufous collar. Both sexes have a small pale mark in the outer wing and a large one in the outer tail. These marks are larger in males and smaller in females. Found in a variety of highland habitats, including forest clearings and edges, grassland, cultivation, and heath. Separated from other nightjars in its range by highland habitat, extensive white in the outer tail, and distinctive voice. Calls include a distinctive pair of high, tremulous whistles, “treeue-cheeew,” and a guttural “chunk.”

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