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Pennant-winged Nightjar (Macrodipteryx vexillarius)

… a species of nightjar that is native to Central and Southern Africa. Like other nightjars the pennant-winged nightjar is mainly crepuscular (active during dusk and dawn) and feeds for insects which it catches in flight, drinking is also done mid flight. When resting pennant-winged nightjars roost on the ground using their coloration to camouflage themselves. When disturbed they will usually flee to a tree branch where they will perch lengthwise.

The long pennants that they are named after are only found in the males. They use them in complex display flights to woo females, and sometimes they even are joined by females.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Caprimulgiformes-Caprimuldidae-Macrodipteryx-vexillarius

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