Star-spotted Nightjar Caprimulgus stellatus

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A medium-sized typical nightjar that is unusually plain, but with small white patches on the sides of the throat. Overall coloration varies from rufous to brown to gray. Both sexes have a small pale mark in the outer wing and at the corners of the tail. Found in areas of bare ground in dry savanna and thornscrub. Very similar to Plain Nightjar, but distinguished by white throat marks and voice. Also similar to Egyptian Nightjar, but has larger pale patches in the wings and tail. The call is a repeated “cheuu.”

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