Savanna Nightjar

Scientific Name: Caprimulgus affinis
Malay Name: Tukang Padang
Chinese Name: 林夜鹰

Breeding Range: Resident in Indian subcontinent, southern China, Taiwan, Sundas, Philippines, Sulawesi. Scarce to uncommon resident in South-east Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: monticolus, amoyensis, stictomus, affinis, propinquus, timorensis, griseatus, mindanensis.

Local Subspecies: affinis

Size: 25-25.5 cm

Smallest and palest local nightjar. Upperparts uniform and heavily vermiculated brownish-grey. Lesser coverts brown speckled pale buff, rest of wing coverts paler, boldly spotted pale buff, scapulars blackish brown, broadly edged buff/whitish on outer web. Male: White outer tail feathers. Large white wing patches. Distinct roundish white/buff-white patch on each side of throat. Female: Lack white outer tail feathers. Smaller and buff wing patches,

Similar looking species: Grey Nightjar, Large-tailed Nightjar

Habitat: Open grassland, barren land, scrub and sometimes urban areas resting on roofs of buildings.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually seen resting on the ground in daytime. Active in nighttime.

Local Status: Uncommon resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

BirdLife International. (2016). Caprimulgus affinis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.