Caprimulgus indicus

Caprimulgus indicus, Lath.

107. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 192; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 454 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 380.


Length, 12 ; wing, 7.5 to 7.9; tail, 5.5 to 6. Prevalent hue light ashy, with dusky pencillings and black streaks to the feathers of the middle of the head, back, scapulars, rump, and upper tail-coverts, and fulvous blotches on the wing-coverts ; the quills with dark rufous spots or interrupted bars; the tail cinerascent, more or less dark, and the outer feathers more or less tinged with rufous, with narrow black bars, and numerous dusky mottlings ; the lower parts rufescent ashy with dark bars and mottlings.

Some specimens are darker in their ground color than others, and the rufescent markings are deeper.

The male .has the cheek-stripe, throat band, the spots or interrupted bands on the first three primaries, and the tips of all the outer feathers, white, the latter ended by a narrow dusky tip; the female has these marks more or less rufescent, or fulvescent, and wants the white terminations to the tail-feathers ; the primaries are strongly mottled towards their tips; the first primary almost equals the fourth ; the tail is slightly rounded, and the wings reach to about one inch from its end.

The Jungle Night-jar is not very common ; it affects forest and hilly districts in the Deccan, and is fairly common at Mount Aboo ; it is believed to be a permanent resident.

It does not occur in Sind.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Caprimulgus indicus
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Jungle Night-jar
Jungle Nightjar
Caprimulgus indicus

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