Working for birds in Africa

Photospot: Star-spotted Nightjar

p 141-143

Star-spotted Nightjar Caprimulgus stellatus has been known to science for little over a century, since being discovered at the 'Kassim River', eastern Ethiopia, in January 1899. It has subsequently remained a relatively obscure species, observed only occasionally and photographed more rarely still. Consequently, its breeding biology is unknown and status within its legalised range poorly known. Zimmerman et al describe it as 'locally common in n. Kenya on lava rock-strewn deserts with scattered areas of bare sandy soil', while Safford et al report that '...Caprimulgus stellatus was probably also common' on the Nechisar plains, where its presence was confirmed by two road kills.

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