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Photo by Francisco Paludo
Presidente Figueiredo, AM, Brazil, July, 2017
Nyctipolus nigrescens


19·5–21·5 cm (7¾-8½ in)

  • Very dark plumage
  • Narrow white collar on lower throat

Male: white-tipped outer tail feathers and small white area on primaries


South America: found in eastern Colombia, southern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Subspecies C. n. australis is generally considered invalid[2].
It was formerly included in the genus Caprimulgus.


Savanna, rocky areas, woodland edges and forest clearings.



The diet consists of moths, beetles and other insects. They hawk over the tree canopy and rocky outcrops.


The egg is laid on the ground on or between fallen leaves, and is incubated by both sexes for 14 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)
  5. Birdforum thread discussing proposals to transfer this species to another genus

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