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, timorensis, griseatus, mindanensis, propinquus.

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)



External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Caprimulgus affinis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.