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Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Ribeirão Grande, SP, Brazil, July 2018
Antrostomus sericocaudatus

Identification

24–30 cm (9½ in)

  • Dark greyish-brown upperparts, with blackish brown streaks and spots

Distribution

South America: found in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

Taxonomy

It was formerly placed in the genus Caprimulgus.

Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A. s. mengeli:
  • A. s. sericocaudatus:

Habitat

Mostly in forest clearings, particularly with thickets and bamboo.

Behaviour

Diet

Their main diet consists of insects, particularly ants, beetles, crickets and grasshoppers.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. [http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=1931402 Birdforum thread discussing the proposal to place this species in genus Antrostomus
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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