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Red-necked Nightjar

Caprimulgus ruficollis

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Resembles Eurasian Nightjar, but larger with a rufous collar and upper breast and lacks the dark “forearms” seen on Eurasian Nightjar. Note the prominent pale tips on the wing coverts. Most active at dusk when hawks for flying insects. Voice is a distinctive repetitive “tuok-tuok-tuok” rising and falling in volume. Haunts sandy heathlands usually close to stone-pine forests in the breeding season and winters in West Africa.

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