Square-tailed Nightjar ( Caprimulgus fossii, family: )

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Mozambique Nightjar

Square Tailed Nightjar Kruger National Park birds The Square-tailed Nightjar (Latin name Caprimulgus fossii) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 409 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 269 also a picture of the Square-tailed Nightjar on page . The Square-tailed Nightjar belongs to the family of birds classified as . According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Square-tailed Nightjar is also known by these other names: Gabon Nightjar, Gaboon Nightjar, East Coast Mozambique Nightjar, Angola Nightjar.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Square-tailed Nightjar was called the Mozambique Nightjar

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Square-tailed Nightjar is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

In terms of distribution of the Square-tailed Nightjar in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Square-tailed Nightjar : see above distribution map.

The Square-tailed Nightjar.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The male and female Square-tailed Nightjar have the same plumage and colours

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This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

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Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Square-tailed Nightjar takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous).

The nesting habit of Square-tailed Nightjar is extra limital

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Laeveldnaguil

German ... Gabunnachtschwalbe

Portuguese ... Noitib de Moambique

French ... Engoulevent du Mozambique

Dutch ... Gabonnachtzwaluw

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 409

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website , www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za