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Upper Dota Valley, Costa Rica, December 2008
Antrostomus saturatus


9" (23cm) A small, dark Nighthawk.
Males show white tips to outer rectrices; females are buffy.


Central America: Endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama.


This is a monotypic species[1].

It was formerly placed in the genus Caprimulgus.


Extreme upper elevations including Paramo habitat from 1500 to 1800 m, semi-open habitat and open forests.


Active and calling at dusk, often perches about 2 metres above ground between foraging spurts.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. BF Member observations

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