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Square-tailed Nightjar

Caprimulgus fossii




Tanzania, Lake Malawi Beach.

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grimm82 6 years ago

It's C. fossii. C. clarus is not living around L. Malawi.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

From a single photograph, I am 99% sure the ID is correct. I've seen them myself in Kenya.

grimm82 6 years ago

How sure are you about the ID? I have to say that those nightjars are the easiest birds I got in Tanzania. Take a red torch and walk along the beach at night. The eyes are glowing red. And the birds do not fly away. Pic was taken with a macro lens.

Arya 7 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah, excellent spotting! Hard to spot I bet

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Oh, and this is your first spotting on Project Noah too. Welcome to you :-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

An excellent spotting. These aren't the easiest birds to spot, particularly at night. Their 'sit still and be quiet' defense can also be their undoing. I'm sure many are killed by being driven over or trodden on.

EmilieChich 7 years ago


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Mbeya, Tanzania

Spotted on Jan 17, 2014
Submitted on Jan 19, 2014

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