Bates's Nightjar (Caprimulgus batesi)

The Bates's Nightjar is a medium-sized bird of the nightjar family. It is found in the tropical regions of Africa, specifically in the forests of Cameroon, Gabon, and the Central African Republic. Its name comes from George Latimer Bates, the American explorer who discovered the species in the late 19th century.

The Bates's Nightjar is a rather elusive bird, so not much is known about its habits and behavior. They are mostly active at night and can be found perched on the branches of tall trees or flying low over the forest floor in search of insects. They are known to feed on a variety of insects, including moths, beetles, and termites.

One of the most notable features of the Bates's Nightjar is its striking appearance. The male bird has a dark brown to blackish plumage, with intricate, white markings on the chest. The female has similar markings but is generally paler in color. Both males and females have large eyes that are adapted to low-light conditions, making them excellent nocturnal hunters.

The Bates's Nightjar is listed as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, their population is thought to be decreasing due to habitat loss and degradation caused by deforestation and agriculture. They are also vulnerable to hunting and capture for the pet trade.

Conservation efforts are currently being made to protect the Bates's Nightjar and its habitat. This includes preserving the forests where they live and promoting sustainable land use practices that do not damage their natural environment. It is essential to ensure the survival of this species, as it plays an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity in the African rainforest.

Other names

Caprimulgus batesi



Bates's Nightjar

enganyapastors de Bates



srednjoafrički leganj

lelek Batesův

Centralafrikansk Natravn

Bates' Nachtzwaluw


Engoulevent de Bates


Succiacapre di Bates


Beitso lėlys


lelek dżunglowy


Козодой Бейтеса

lelek čiapočkatý

Chotacabras de Bates


Bates Çobanaldatanı

дрімлюга джунглевий

kongo öösorr

erdei lappantyú