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Photo by Buteo_ridgwayii
Location: Rabo de Gato Trail, Puerto Escondido, Dominican Republic
Nyctibius jamaicensis


38-46cm. Long tail, short rounded wings, large head, very short legs and a small bill with a large gape, grey-brown with a pattern of black, grey and cream markings. Pale cheeks with a dark malar stripe. Yellow iris which can shine red in light at night. The bird's calls are hoarse and guttural.


Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica and Hispaniola.



Lowland woodland and scrubland.


Diet includes large insects such as moths or beetles. It hunts from a perch, sitting and waiting for prey then sallying out to catch it in flight.

1 egg is laid on a broken branch with no nest material used. Both parents are involved in incubating the egg and feeding the young bird.

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