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Standard-winged Nightjar

Caprimulgus longipennis

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Females and non-breeding males are ordinary-looking, fairly plain nightjars, but breeding males have absurd “standards” growing out of the middle of their wings. In flight, they give the impression of a nightjar being chased by two bats. Found in savanna, broadleaf woodland, forest clearings, and open fields. The call is a very high-pitched and insect-like series of “tit” notes. Female and non-breeding male distinguished from most other nightjars by their lack of white in the wings and tail. They are very similar to female and non-breeding male Pennant-winged Nightjar, but are smaller.

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