Nubian Nightjar (Caprimulgus nubicus)

The Nubian Nightjar, also known by its scientific name Caprimulgus nubicus, is a nocturnal bird species found predominantly in the arid regions of Northeast Africa and the Middle East. It is a medium-sized bird, measuring around 26 cm in length, and has distinctive brown and grey feathers with white spots on its wings. It is a relatively uncommon species, and as such, very little is known about its behavior and biology.

The Nubian Nightjar is a master of camouflage, relying on its mottled plumage to blend into its surroundings during the day, and only becoming active at dusk. Its primary food source consists of insects such as moths, grasshoppers, and beetles, which it hunts for by flying low over the desert terrain or perching on rocks and waiting for prey to come within range.

Interestingly, the Nubian Nightjar is capable of producing a wide variety of vocalizations, including a dull purring sound when in flight or on the ground and a sharp hissing sound as a territorial warning. Its most distinctive call, however, is a series of long, whistled notes which are often repeated throughout the night and can be heard from a considerable distance away.

The Nubian Nightjar is particularly vulnerable to habitat loss, and its populations in many areas have declined in recent years due to human encroachment and land use changes. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the species, such as establishing protected areas and promoting alternative land use practices that have a lower impact on the bird's habitat.

In conclusion, the Nubian Nightjar is a fascinating and enigmatic bird, well-suited to life in the harsh desert environments of North Africa and the Middle East. Its unique vocalizations, elusive behavior, and remarkable camouflage make it a prized sighting for bird enthusiasts and wildlife photographers alike. However, it is also a species at risk, and concerted efforts are needed to protect it and ensure its survival for future generations to enjoy.

Other names

Caprimulgus nubicus



Nubian Nightjar

enganyapastors núbic



nubijski leganj

lelek núbijský

Nubisk Natravn

Nubische Nachtzwaluw


Engoulevent de Nubie


Succiacapre della Nubia


nubinis lėlys


lelek pustynny


Нубийский козодой

Nubijski leganj

lelek pustatinný

Chotacabras nubio

nubisk nattskärra

Nübye Çobanaldatanı

дрімлюга нубійський

nuubia öösorr

núbiai lappantyú


Nūbijas vakarlēpis


nubijska podhujka