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Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Caprimulgiformes

Familia: Caprimulgidae
Subfamilia: Caprimulginae
Genus: Caprimulgus
Species: C. aegyptius – C. affinis – C. andamanicus – C. asiaticus – C. atripennis – C. batesi – C. celebensis – C. centralasicus – C. clarus – C. climacurus – C. concretus – C. donaldsoni – C. europaeus – C. eximius – C. fossii – C. fraenatus – C. indicus – C. inornatus – C. jotaka – C. longipennis – C. macrurus – C. madagascariensis – C. mahrattensis – C. manillensis – C. meesi – C. natalensis – C. nigriscapularis – C. nubicus – C. pectoralis – C. phalaena – C. poliocephalus – C. prigoginei – C. pulchellus – C. ruficollis – C. rufigena – C. ruwenzorii – C. solala – C. stellatus – C. tristigma – C. vexillarius

Formerly included in Caprimulgus, now transferred to other genera: C. badius – C. candicans – C. carolinensis – C. cubanensis – C. ekmani – C. enarratus – C. hirundinaceus – C. longirostris – C. maculosus – C. nigrescens – C. noctitherus – C. parvulus – C. ridgwayi – C. rufus – C. salvini – C. saturatus – C. sericocaudatus – C. vociferus – C. whitelyi

Caprimulgus Linnaeus, 1758

Type species: Caprimulgus europaeus Linnaeus, 1758
Fixation: Linnean tautonymy


Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis, Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Holmiæ: impensis direct. Laurentii Salvii. i–ii, 1–824 pp DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.542: 193.

Vernacular names
العربية: سبد
Deutsch: Ziegenmelker
English: Nightjars
Esperanto: Kaprimulgoj
español: Chotacabras
日本語: ヨタカ属
русский: Козодои
中文: 夜鹰属

Caprimulgus is a large and very widespread genus of nightjars, medium-sized nocturnal birds with long pointed wings, short legs and short bills. Caprimulgus is derived from the Latin capra, "nanny goat", and mulgere, "to milk", referring to an old myth that nightjars suck milk from goats. The common name "nightjar", first recorded in 1630, refers to the nocturnal habits of the bird, the second part of the name deriving from the distinctive churring song.[1]

Caprimulgus nightjars are found around the world, and like other nightjars they usually nest on the ground. They are mostly active in the late evening and early morning or at night, and feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects.

Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and their soft plumage is cryptically coloured to resemble bark or leaves. Some species, unusually for birds, perch along a branch, rather than across it, which helps to conceal them during the day. Temperate species are strongly migratory, wintering in the tropics.

Caprimulgus species have relatively long bills and rictal bristles. Many have repetitive and often mechanical songs.

The genus Caprimulgus was introduced in 1758 by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae.[2] The type species is the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus).[3] The name is the Latin word for a nightjar; it combines capra meaning "nanny goat" and mulgere meaning "to milk".[4] The myth that nightjars suck milk from goats is recounted by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History: "Those called goat-suckers, which resemble a rather large blackbird, are night thieves. They enter the shepherds' stalls and fly to the goats' udders in order to suck their milk, which injures the udder and makes it perish, and the goats they have milked in this way gradually go blind."[5]

The genus contains 38 species.[6]

Red-necked nightjar, Caprimulgus ruficollis
Jungle nightjar, Caprimulgus indicus
Grey nightjar, Caprimulgus jotaka (sometimes included in C. indicus)
Palau nightjar, Caprimulgus phalaena
European nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus
Sombre nightjar, Caprimulgus fraenatus
Rufous-cheeked nightjar, Caprimulgus rufigena
Egyptian nightjar, Caprimulgus aegyptius
Sykes's nightjar, Caprimulgus mahrattensis
Nubian nightjar, Caprimulgus nubicus
Golden nightjar, Caprimulgus eximius
Jerdon's nightjar Caprimulgus atripennis
Large-tailed nightjar, Caprimulgus macrurus
Mees's nightjar, Caprimulgus meesi
Andaman nightjar, Caprimulgus andamanicus
Philippine nightjar, Caprimulgus manillensis
Sulawesi nightjar, Caprimulgus celebensis
Donaldson Smith's nightjar, Caprimulgus donaldsoni
Black-shouldered nightjar, Caprimulgus nigriscapularis
Fiery-necked nightjar, Caprimulgus pectoralis
Montane nightjar, Caprimulgus poliocephalus
Indian nightjar, Caprimulgus asiaticus
Madagascar nightjar, Caprimulgus madagascariensis
Swamp nightjar, Caprimulgus natalensis
Nechisar nightjar Caprimulgus solala
Plain nightjar, Caprimulgus inornatus
Star-spotted nightjar, Caprimulgus stellatus
Savanna nightjar, Caprimulgus affinis
Freckled nightjar, Caprimulgus tristigma
Bonaparte's nightjar, Caprimulgus concretus
Salvadori's nightjar, Caprimulgus pulchellus
Prigogine's nightjar, Caprimulgus prigoginei
Bates's nightjar, Caprimulgus batesi
Long-tailed nightjar, Caprimulgus climacurus
Slender-tailed nightjar, Caprimulgus clarus
Square-tailed nightjar, Caprimulgus fossii
Standard-winged nightjar, Caprimulgus longipennis
Pennant-winged nightjar, Caprimulgus vexillarius


"Nightjar". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
Linnaeus, Carl (1758). Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis (in Latin). Volume 1 (10th ed.). Holmiae (Stockholm): Laurentii Salvii. p. 193.
Peters, James Lee, ed. (1940). Check-List of Birds of the World. Volume 4. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 196.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Rachham, H. (translator) (1967). Pliny Natural History III Libri VIII-XI. The Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. pp. 366–367.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2021). "Frogmouths, Oilbird, potoos, nightjars". IOC World Bird List Version 11.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 23 August 2021.

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