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Macropsalis forcipata

Macropsalis creagra


The male has a very long tail that is strongly forked, while the female has a slightly forked tail.

Similar species

Scissor-tailed Nightjar is paler and has a shorter tail that in flight can be seen to be three-pointed (only outher tail feathers are strongly elongated).


South America: found in south-eastern Brazil and adjacent north-eastern Argentina (Misiones).


This is a monotypic species1.

It has in the past been called Macropsalis creagra.


Forest, edges, secondary growth, etc. in hilly areas and smaller mountains



  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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