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Choco Poorwill - BirdForum Opus

Nyctiphrynus rosenbergi


19-23 cm, a very dark nightjar
Ground color is described as dark grey or dark brown with spots and vermiculation s of the other color. White is only present as a rather large throat patch, spots on secondary coverts, and tips of tail feathers. On the flying bird if ever seen in good light, you should notice whitish spots on rump and uppertail-coverts.
The two sexes nearly identical.


South America: west of the Andes in Colombia and north-western Ecuador.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland moist forests to about 900 m asl. Seems to prefer edges such as rivers and fallen trees.


Feeds on insects caught in flight. It is uncertain how much it uses sallying up from a perch, it has been observed flying above the canopy.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ridgely, R.S., & P.J. Greenfield (2001). "The Birds of Ecuador - Field Guide". Comstock/Cornell Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8014-8721-7
  3. Byington, J. (2020). Choco Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus rosenbergi), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.chopoo1.01

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