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Relationships after Barrowclough et al. 2006 and Larsen et al. 2007.

Containing group: Caprimulgiformes

Other Names for Caprimulgidae


Barrowclough, G. F., J. G. Groth and L. A. Mertz. 2006. The RAG-1 exon in the avian order Caprimulgiformes: Phylogeny, heterozygosity, and base composition. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 41:238-248.

Cleere, N. 1998. Nightjars: A Guide to the Nightjars, Nighthawks, and Their Relatives. Yale University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Larsen, C., M. Speed, N. Harvey and H. A. Noyes. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of the nightjars (Aves: Caprimulgidae) suggests extensive conservation of primitive morphological traits across multiple lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42:789-796.

Mariaux, J. and M. J. Braun. 1996. A molecular phylogenetic survey of the nightjars and allies (Caprimulgiformes) with special emphasis on the potoos (Nyctibiidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 6(2):228-244.

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Scientific Name Caprimulgus pectoralis
Location Okavango Delta, Botswana
Comments Fierynecked Nightjar
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Behavior on low branch after nightfall
Copyright © 1990 Greg and Marybeth Dimijian
Scientific Name Nyctidromus albicollis
Location Chapada do Araripe - CE, Brazil
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Curiango - Nyctidromus albicollis - Pauraque
Source Collection Flickr
Copyright © 2005 Ciro Albano
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