Egyptian nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)

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The Egyptian nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius) is a medium-small nightjar which occurs in south west Asia and north Africa and winters in tropical Africa. This is a fairly common species with a wide distribution which faces no obvious threats apart from habitat destruction, so the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of “least concern”.

Egyptian nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius)

The genus name Caprimulgus is derived from the Latin capra, “nanny goat”, and mulgere, “to milk”, referring to an old myth that nightjars suck milk from goats. The specific aegyptius is Latin for Egyptian.” The common name “nightjar”, first recorded in 1630, refers to the nocturnal habits of the bird, the second part of the name deriving from the distinctive churring song.