Rufous-cheeked nightjar

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Rufous-cheeked nightjar
Caprimulgus rufigena 1838.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Genus: Caprimulgus
C. rufigena
Binomial name
Caprimulgus rufigena
Smith, 1845

The rufous-cheeked nightjar (Caprimulgus rufigena) is a species of nightjar in the family Caprimulgidae. It is an intra-African migrant that breeds in the south of its range. It spends the non-breeding season in eastern Nigeria, Cameroon, southern Chad and Sudan, the Republic of the Congo, the D.R.C. and western Central African Republic. During the southern hemisphere summer it is found in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • C. r. rufigena – breeds mainly in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia
  • C. r. damarensis – breeds mainly in Botswana, Namibia and Angola


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Caprimulgus rufigena". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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