Short Note

Nightjar diversity and microhabitat use in Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia

Published in: Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology
Volume 89, issue 1, 2018 , pages: 87–91
DOI: 10.2989/00306525.2017.1407004
Author(s): Ruben EvensResearch Group Zoology: Biodiversity and Toxicology, Belgium, Natalie BeenaertsResearch Group: Environmental Biology, Belgium, Nele WittersResearch Group: Environmental Economics, Belgium, Tom ArtoisResearch Group Zoology: Biodiversity and Toxicology, Belgium

Abstract

Knowledge of the distribution and ecology of East African nightjars is, to a large extent, unknown. We collected ecological information on the diversity and microhabitat use of nightjars in Nechisar National Park in January 2015 by executing field captures and observations. We also attempted to find a live specimen of the Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala. During the course of 18 nights we observed five nightjar species, captured 49 individuals and observed that nightjars were closely associated with protective landscape elements. In spite of the intensity of our survey, we were not able to find a living specimen of the Nechisar Nightjar, which could indicate the species is either migratory or extinct.

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