Caprimulgus vexillarius


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Caprimulgus vexillarius
Species Authority: (Gould, 1838)
Common Name(s):
English Pennant-winged Nightjar
French Engoulevent porte-étendard
Macrodipteryx vexillarius (Gould, 1838)
Taxonomic Notes: Caprimulgus vexillarius (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously placed in the genus Macrodipteryx.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S.
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Angola (Angola); Botswana; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Gabon; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Burkina Faso; Equatorial Guinea; Gambia; Guinea-Bissau; Niger; Somalia; Swaziland
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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be common and locally abundant throughout much of its breeding range (del Hoyo et al. 1999).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Caprimulgus vexillarius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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