Mees's Nightjar (Caprimulgus meesi)

The Mees's Nightjar, also known as the Mozambique Nightjar, is a species of nightjar that is endemic to southern Africa. It is a small bird, measuring around 20cm in length, with a wingspan of about 45cm. Its plumage is predominantly brownish-grey, with intricate patterns of black, buff, and white feathers on its wings and back.

These birds are primarily found in the savannah region of eastern and southern Africa, and are commonly seen in woodlands, shrublands, and open grasslands. They are nocturnal birds, spending most of their day resting on the ground or perched on low branches of trees. During the night, they can be seen flying around in search of insects, their primary source of food.

The Mees's Nightjar has a unique call that is a distinctive characteristic of its species. The male bird produces a series of sharp, whistling notes that are repeated at regular intervals. They use this call to attract potential mates and establish their territory. In addition to their vocalizations, their distinctive fluttering flight pattern, with sudden changes in direction, makes them easy to identify.

Mating season for these birds occurs between August and December. During this time, the male Mees's Nightjar performs aerial displays to attract females. The females lay eggs in shallow, dusty depressions on the ground, where they blend in with the surroundings to avoid detection by predators. The male helps incubate the eggs until they hatch, and both parents share responsibility in caring for the young.

The Mees's Nightjar is considered a species of "Least Concern" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, due to its widespread distribution and relatively stable population. However, habitat loss and degradation pose a potential threat to their population. These birds are also hunted for their meat and feathers, which are used for traditional medicine and clothing. Conservation efforts to protect their habitats and raise awareness of their importance in local ecosystems are essential for their future survival.




Other names

Caprimulgus meesi

Caprimulgidae

CAPRIMULGIFORMES

Mees's Nightjar

enganyapastors de Mees

米氏夜鹰

米氏夜鷹

malosundski leganj

Flores Natravn

Mees' Nachtzwaluw

floresinkehrääjä

Engoulevent de Mees

Floresnachtschwalbe

Succiacapre di Mees

スンバヨタカ

sumbinis lėlys

floresnattravn

lelek sundajski

noitibó-da-pequena-sunda

Флоресский козодой

Misov leganj

lelek Meesov

Chotacabras de Mees

floresnattskärra

Mees Çobanaldatanı

дрімлюга сундайський

Mees-lappantyú

Cabak mees