Birds of Colombia

    CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae (Nightjars)  
Genus: Uropsalis (2 species, 2 worldwide)


Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra lyra) Male
Farallones National Park, Valle de Cauca, Colombia  
   

Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra peruana) Female
Manu National Park, Peru  
   

Male has a tail up to three times the length of the body, but it is often shorter. Note rufous collar around back of neck on male and female.

Swallow-tailed Nightjar
Swallow-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis segmentata segmentata) Female
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia  
   

Male's tail can be more than twice the length of the body, but it is often shorter. A bit smaller than Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Uniformly mottled dark brown. Female similar to Band-winged Nightjar. Has no white throat or rufous collar as many nightjars have.


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