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Cuban Nightjar - BirdForum Opus

Photo by rb_stern
Cuba, February 2009
Antrostomus cubanensis

Caprimulgus cubanensis


25–29·5 cm

  • Blackish-brown upper­parts
  • Buff throat collar
  • Pale spots on breast surrounded by narrow brownish borders, giving a mostly pale impression
  • Buff tips to outer tail feather in female, white in male
  • Lacks white in wing


Caribbean: endemic to Cuba.


The former Greater Antillean Nightjar was split into this species and Hispaniolan Nightjar.

It was formerly placed in the genus Caprimulgus.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. c. cubanensis:
  • A. c. insulaepinorum (slightly smaller):
  • Isle of Pines and Cayo Coco


Open woodland, woodland in swamp edges and riversides. Found up to 600 m asl.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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