Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Genus Caprimulgus Linnaeus, 1758


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy




Northern Territory, Queensland

Extra Distribution Information

Temperate and tropical regions of North and South America, Africa, and all Eurasia south-east to Indonesian archipelagos, New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


NT, Qld: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), NSW North Coast (NNC), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Wet Tropics (WT)


Christmas Island Province (23)

Other Regions

Territory of Ashmore & Cartier Islands

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Northern Territory: N Gulf, N coastal
    • Queensland: N Gulf, NE coastal
  • Indonesia
    • Aru Islands
    • Irian Jaya
    • Sulawesi (Celebes)
  • Papua New Guinea

Oriental Region

  • Christmas Island (Aust. Terr.)
  • Indonesia
    • Java
    • Sumatra
  • Malaysia
    • Sabah

Distribution References

General References

Condon, H.T. 1975. Checklist of the Birds of Australia. Part 1 Non-Passerines. Melbourne : Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union xx 311 pp. (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement)

Davis, L.I. 1978. Acoustic evidence of relationships in Caprimulginae. Pan American Studies 1: 22-57 (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement)

Davis, L.I. 1979. Review of recent literature and tape discussions of nightjars. Pan American Studies 2: 20-35 (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement)

Devillers, P. 1976–1980. Project de Nomenclature française des Oiseaux du Monde. Le Gerfaut 66: 153-168, 391-421; 67: 171-200, 337-365, 469-489; 68: 129-136, 233-240, 703-720; 70: 121-146 (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement)

Hartert, E. 1892. Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum. Catalogue of the Picariae. Coraciae. London : British Museum Vol. 16 xvi 703 pp., xiv pls. (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement)

Marshall, J.T. 1978. Systematics of smaller Asian night birds based voice. Ornithological Monographs, American Ornithologists' Union 25: 1-58 (synonymy)

Mathews, G.M. 1918. The Birds of Australia. London : Witherby & Co. Vol. 7 pts i-iv xii pp. 1-384 pls 325-362. [Date published 4 Mar. 1918: volume publication dated as 1918–1919; Publication of Pt 1 (4 Mar. 1918), Pt 2 (15 May 1918), Pt 3 (26 Aug.), Pt 4 (19 Dec 1918), Pt 5 (12 June 1919)] (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement also subsequent revisions)

Sibley, C.G. & Monroe, B.L., Jr 1990. Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World. New Haven : Yale University Press xxiv 1111 pp. (synonymy)

White, C.M.N. & Bruce, M.D. 1986. The Birds of Wallacea (Sulawesi, the Moluccas & Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia). An annotated check-list. B.O.U. Check-list No. 7. London : British Ornithologists' Union 524 pp. (synonymy)

Wolters, H.E. 1976. Die Vogelarten der Erde. Eine systematische Liste mit Verbreitungsangaben sowie deutschen und englischen Namen. Hamburg : Paul Parey pp. Lief. 2, 81-160. (presenting alternative taxonomic arrangement)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Feb-2010 (import)