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Little Nightjar - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Ciro Albano
Location: Barroquinha, Cear, Brazil
Setopagis parvula


Male has white on outer tail, scapulars, a bar across the primaries, and on chin and throat. Female is missing white on tail, and has buffy instead of white in wings.

Similar Species

Can be surprisingly similar to Pauraque but that species has a much longer tail.
Todd's Nightjar has larger white area in the wings.


Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.


This is a monotypic species.
Todd's Nightjar has in the past been considered to be a subspecies of this species.
It was formerly included in the genus Caprimulgus.






  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International (2008) The BirdLife checklist of the birds of the world, with conservation status and taxonomic sources. Version 1. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/downloads/BirdLife_Checklist_Version_1.zip [.xls zipped 1 MB].
  3. Gill F & Wright M. 2008. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, USA. 2006. ISBN 9780691128276. Update (2008) downloaded from http://worldbirdnames.org/names.html.
  4. SACC proposal to name the subspecies heterurus
  5. Birdforum thread discussing which genus this species belongs in

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