Red-necked Nightjar

Caprimulgus ruficollis (Temminck, 1820) RENNI 7790
Family: Caprimulgiformes > Caprimulgidae

There has only been one record of this species from Britain & Ireland, a bird shot in Northumberland in October 1856

Red-necked Nightjar has a very restricted breeding range, centred on south-west Europe and north-west Africa, and is thought to winter in the west of Africa.


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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.


This vagrant has not been recorded in the UK for many decades and as such cannot be mapped.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


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 Red-necked 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: siboc
Czech: lelek rezavokrký
Danish: Rødhalset Natravn
Dutch: Moorse Nachtzwaluw
Estonian: punakael-öösorr
Finnish: ruosteniskakehrääjä
French: Engoulevent à collier roux
German: Rothals-Ziegenmelker
Hungarian: rozsdásnyakú lappantyú
Icelandic: Niflfari
Italian: Succiacapre collorosso
Latvian: rudkakla vakarlepis
Lithuanian: rudakaklis lelys
Norwegian: Rødhalsnattravn
Polish: lelek rdzawoszyi
Portuguese: noitibó-de-nuca-vermelha
Slovak: lelek cervenokrký
Slovenian: rdecevrata podhujka
Spanish: Chotacabras cuellirrojo
Swedish: rödhalsad nattskärra

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