Indian Long-tailed Nightjar

When first discovered by Western naturalists, this species was originally included within its northern relative C. macrourus . Thomas C. Jerdon first described it as distinct in an annotation to his 1845 treatment of the Indian Jungle Nightjar in the Illustrations of Indian ornithology. Subsequently it was sometimes lumped again with C. macrouros, but today's authors generally treat them as specifically distinct. Jerdon's type locality mentioned as Ghatus has been considered to be the Eastern Ghats.

The Indian Long-tailed Nightjar is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Alternate common name(s): Indian Long-tailed Nightjar, Ceylon Nightjar Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors Photographs No photographs are available for this species Range S. and e. India and Sri Lanka; (1) Ne. to s. India s. from the Western Ghats (Kerala n. to s. Maharashtra) and Eastern Ghats (Tamil Nadu n. to Durgapur and West Bengal). (2) Sri Lanka. More

Order : Caprimulgiformes
Family : Caprimulgidae
Genus : Caprimulgus
Species : atripennis
Authority : Jerdon, 1845