Egyptian Nightjar

Caprimulgus aegyptius (MHK Lichtenstein, 1823) EGYNI 7810
Family: Caprimulgiformes > Caprimulgidae

Egyptian Nightjar, Yoav Perlman

The first record (one shot near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in 1883) must be one of the few such events commemorated by a stone at the location.

The two rather disjunct breeding populations of this species are located in north-west Africa, and from Kazakhstan to Sinai. It is thought that both races winter in Africa, within the Sahel.


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Egyptian Nightjar, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: enganyapastors d'Egipte
Czech: lelek svetlý
Danish: Ørkennatravn
Dutch: Egyptische Nachtzwaluw
Estonian: kõrbe-öösorr
Finnish: aavikkokehrääjä
French: Engoulevent du désert
German: Pharaonenziegenmelker
Hungarian: sivatagi lappantyú
Icelandic: Niðfari
Italian: Succiacapre isabellino
Latvian: Egiptes vakarlepis
Lithuanian: egiptinis lelys
Norwegian: Ørkennattravn
Polish: lelek egipski
Portuguese: noitibó-do-deserto
Slovak: lelek žltkavý
Slovenian: egipcanska podhujka
Spanish: Chotacabras egipcio
Swedish: ökennattskärra

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