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Photo by Marcelo Padua
Location: Pixain River, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Hydropsalis maculicaudus



Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela, and possibly Ecuador.


This is a monotypic species1.
This species was formerly included in the genus Caprimulgus.


Dry savanna and seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland.



  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. Birdforum thread discussing which genus this species belongs in

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