Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Personal tools
Main Categories

Common Pauraque

From Opus

Photo © by arthurgrossetLocation: Linhares, Espirito Santo, BrazilMale above; female below
Photo © by arthurgrosset
Location: Linhares, Espirito Santo, Brazil
Male above; female below

Alternative name: Pauraque

Nyctidromus albicollis


[edit] Identification

22–28cm long. Male white band near wing tips, white outer tail feathers. Female - narrower wing band. Long tail, rounded wings. Buff eyering and facial stripe.

The male (top photo) has a broad white band across the outermost primaries which is especially evident when flying. It also has white along the sides of the tail. These are lacking in the female (bottom photo).

At rest, separated from most other species by the combination of the double row of buff-edged black spots over the scapulars, the relatively uniform rufous cheeks, and the relatively long tail that extends far out beyond the wing-tips.

[edit] Distribution

From south Texas and Mexico through Central America and South America to northern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

It is the only bird in the genus Nyctidromus. Seven subspecies are recognized: albicollis, insularis, yucatanensis, merrilli, intercedens, gilvus, and derbyanus.

[edit] Habitat

Woodland habitats, preferably forest, but also scrub and cultivation.

[edit] Behaviour


[edit] Breeding

2 pinkish eggs are laid on bare ground or leaf litter.

[edit] Diet

Diet includes insects caught in flight or foraging.

[edit] Vocalisation

Male may sing solitary, or as member of groups of two or three

Recorded by njlarsen
Arenal Volcano, Fortuna, Costa Rica, December 2010

Listen in an external program

[edit] References

  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. L. Sandoval and I. Escalante 2011. Song description and individual variation in males of the Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis). Ornithologia Neotropical 22:173-185

[edit] External Links


Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.25880599 seconds with 6 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 19:15.