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(Redirected from St. Lucia Nightjar)
Photo © by Marcelo Padua
Rio Roosevelt Lodge, Brazil
Antrostomus rufus

Includes St. Lucia Nightjar


25–30 cm (9¾-11¾ in)

  • Rufescent-brown upperparts with broad blackish streaks


Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Pontal do Paraná, PR, Brazil, October 2018

Central and South America
Central America: found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
Caribbean (West Indies), Lesser Antilles, Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina


It was formerly placed in the genus Caprimulgus.


Five subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A. r. rufus:
  • S Venezuela to the Guianas and n-central Brazil
  • A. r. rutilus:
  • A. r. saltarius:
  • North West Argentina and south-eastern Bolivia
  • A. r. otiosus:
  • A. r. minimus:

A field guide proposed that A. r. otiosus would be better seen as a full species, St. Lucia Nightjar.


A range of forest types, including rainforest, gallery forest, second-growth forest and open woodland.



They forage for insects either by hawking or fly-catching from a perch.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)

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