NIGHTJARS   -   CAPRIMULGIDAE

Nacunda Nighthawk - Chordeiles nacunda
Nacunda Nighthawk
Chordeiles nacunda nacunda
Campo de Jofre, Transpantanal Highway, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
The world's most beautiful nighthawk, found locally in savanna areas in South America. They are especially easy to see in the Pantanal, where they often fly around even in broad daylight. (S6)


Lesser Nighthawk - Chordeiles acutipennis
Lesser Nighthawk
Chordeiles acutipennis aequatorialis
El Tambo, Santa Elena province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Lesser Nighthawk - Chordeiles acutipennis
Lesser Nighthawk
Chordeiles acutipennis (ssp.?)
Vía Parque Isla de Salamanca, Magdalena department, Colombia.
This bird was roosting in a tree near the mangroves. (D6)

Blackish Nightjar - Caprimulgus nigrescens
Blackish Nightjar
Nyctipolus nigrescens
30 km south of Presidente Figuereido, Amazonas state, Brazil.
This is not a well-marked bird, but I don't think there is any other nightjar here that is so dark with cinnamon and buff markings. (D3)


Band-winged Nightjar - Systellura longirostris
Band-winged Nightjar
Systellura longirostris ruficervix
Yanacocha, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. I suspect it was on eggs, but I did not want to disturb the bird to find out. 11 August 2013. (S10)


Common Pauraque - Nyctidromus albicollis
Common Pauraque
Nyctidromus albicollis derbyanus
Porto Jofre, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
The most widespread neotropical nightjar. (S8f)


Lyre-tailed Nightjar - Uropsalis lyra
Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Uropsalis lyra
Refugio Paz de las Aves, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. This Andean species' tail feathers can reach up to 80 cm (32 in)  in length. (S8)


Lyre-tailed Nightjar - Uropsalis lyra
Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Uropsalis lyra
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A female incubating on a nest. The rufous nuchal collar is a good feature to separate it from other sympatric nightjars. I don't remember the exact date, but it was somewhere around July 2000. (S1)


Ladder-tailed Nightjar - Hydropsalis climacocerca
Ladder-tailed Nightjar
Hydropsalis climacocerca (ssp?)
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Female. I'm uncertain to which subspecies this individual should be classified. (S8)


Scissor-tailed Nightjar - Hydropsalis torquata
Scissor-tailed Nightjar
Hydropsalis torquata furcifer
Santa Teresa, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(S7)


Dusky Nightjar - Antrostomus saturatus
Dusky Nightjar
Antrostomus saturatus
Savegre Valley, San José province, Costa Rica.
Endemic to the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. (S8)



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