Worrying indications about the status of Nubian Nightjar (Caprimulgus nubicus) in Israel and neighbouring countries

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Nubian Nightjar (Caprimulgus nubicus) is a small nocturnal aerial insectivore. Subspecies tamaricis that inhabits Israel, Jordan and Arabia, favours Tamarix and Suedea saltmarshes. In Israel, the Nubian Nightjar suffered serious declines during the 1980’s and 1990’s (Shirihai 1996), following expansion of cultivation along the rift valley, and construction of huge evaporation ponds for mineral production south of the Dead Sea, decimating the area of saltmarsh by some 90% of the original area. As a result, it received a Red List classification of Critically Endangered (Mayrose and Alon 2002), mentioning a census carried out by Hadoram Shirihai in spring 2000 that found only three breeding pairs.
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