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Endemic to NE Africa, the slender-tailed nightjar (Caprimulgus clarus) has a wedge-shaped tail with central tail feathers projecting beyond the rest of the tail. With its almost supernatural reputation for silent flight, it hawks for insects at night – flying low, alighting on rocks and stumps or even bare ground. By day it roosts on the ground under shrub cover, flying only a short distance if disturbed – its grey-brown, mottled, streaked and barred plumage provides ideal camouflage. It breeds in April and May, without building a nest, simply laying its eggs on bare ground.
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