Birds of Colombia

    CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae (Nightjars)  
Genus: Chordeiles (6 species, 6 worldwide)

Lesser Nighthawk
Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) Male
Salamanca National Park, Colombia
  Note white band on wing of male.

Lesser Nighthawk
Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis) Female
Salamanca National Park, Colombia
  White patch below shoulder usually visible. Smaller than Common Nighthawk.

A migratory species but with a shorter path than the similar but slightly larger Common Nighthawk. White patch below shoulder on wing usually visible. Thin white band on wing seen during flight closer to tip of wing than on Common Nighthawk. Male has a white partial collar around neck in front.

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Antillean Nighthawk (Chordeiles gundlachii)

A Caribbean species slightly smaller than the Common Nighthawk.

Common Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA  

Common Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA
  Note wings extend about as far as tail.

Common Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) Male
Georgia, United States  
Photograph by Tony Dawe   © All Rights Reserved.

Northern migrant. Compare to Lesser Nighthawk. White band on wing seen during flight thinner than on Commpn Pauraque, and further from tip than on Lesser Nighthawk. Note white throat on male is often hidden.
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Nacunda Nighthawk
Nacunda Nighthawk (Chordeiles nacunda nacunda)
  Standing on feet a characteristic behaviour of this species.
Photograph by Andreas Trepte     Copyright and usage info

The largest nighthawk in the Americas is sometimes active during the day.

Least Nighthawk
Least Nighthawk (Chordeiles pusillus)
Surama, Guyana  
Photograph by Dave Curtis     Copyright and usage info

Sand-colored Nighthawk
Sand-colored Nighthawk (Chordeiles rupestris)
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Sand-colored Nighthawk
Sand-colored Nighthawk (Chordeiles rupestris rupestris)
Photograph by David Ascanio -   © All Rights Reserved.

Seen during day in large groups along major rivers resting on rocks, driftwood, or trees.

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