Standard-winged Nightjar Caprimulgus longipennis
(aka Macrodipteryx longipennis)
Standard-winged Nightjar, Tono Dam, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Tono Dam, Ghana
June 2011

The Standard-winged Nightjar is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara and north of the Equator from Senegal to north-west Kenya. It is found in open wooded country and scrubland.

The male in breeding plumage is unmistakable with two "standards" formed by elongated primary feathers which are spread out when on the ground and look like two small bats following the bird when in flight. These feathers are missing in the female, shown here, and in the non-breeding male.
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