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Band-winged Nightjar - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave B Smith
Los Frailes, Merida, Venezuela
Systellura longirostris

Includes Tepui Nightjar and Tschudi's Nightjar


Has white or buff wing bars


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina



Eight subspecies are recognized:

  • S. l. ruficervix:
  • S. l. roraimae:
  • S. l. atripunctata:
  • S. l. bifasciata:
  • S. l. longirostris:
  • S. l. patagonica:
  • S. l. mochaensis:
  • Isla Mocha and Ascención, central Chile
  • S. l. decussatus:
  • Arid littoral of western Peru and extreme northern Chile

Three of these have been proposed for status as full species by one or more authority: S. roraimae (Tepui Nightjar), S. ruficervix(this one especially in historical sources), S. decussatus (Tschudi's Nightjar; now accepted by SACC); the birds from Sucre and Monagas in Venezuela might also deserve full species status.

It was formerly included in the genus Caprimulgus.


Dry and high-altitude shrubland and high-altitude grassland.


Eats insects which are caught around light sources, or flycatching from e.g., roads.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of Nightjars and Frogmouths.
  4. SACC baseline read July 2010
  5. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  6. Wikipedia

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