Square-tailed Nightjar

Information about the Bird Square-tailed Nightjar

The square-tailed nightjar or Mozambique nightjar (Caprimulgus fossii) is a species of nightjar in the Caprimulgidae family which is native to tropical and subtropical woodlands of the Afrotropics. It has an extensive range south of the African equator.

It occurs mainly south of the equator in Africa, but enters the tropics during the northern hemisphere summer. An isolated race occurs in Equatorial Guinea and western Gabon. It is a seasonal visitor to the northern DRC, northern Tanzania, southern Kenya and southern Uganda. It occurs year round in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This bird's call is a prolonged churring, which alternates between a fast and slow pace roughly every second. As such it differs from the similar long-tailed and slender-tailed nightjars which produce fast and slow churrs respectively.

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