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Bahian Nighthawk - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Bahia Nighthawk; Caatinga Nighthawk; Plain-tailed Nighthawk

Nyctiprogne vielliardi

Chordeiles vielliardi


A small nighthawk. Lacks white in tail, and has limited if any white in throat or wings.


South America: found in Eastern Brazil (northern Bahia and especially northern Minas Gerais)


Monotypic[1]. Based on voice, plumage, behavior, and habitat, the closest relative of this species is considered to be the Band-tailed Nighthawk.

Bahia Nighthawk has in the past been placed in genus Chordeiles but is now considered more closely related to genus Nyctiprogne.


Gallery woodland and brush along rivers (earlier reports of this species belonging in Caatinga seems incorrect).


Spends its days communally in dense vegetations sitting cross-wise on branches, not on ground. Hunts for food flying low over water, starting feeding just before dusk.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. SACC proposal to transfer this species to genus Nyctiprogne.

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