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.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Lesser Nighthawk
Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis acutipennis) Female
Salamanca National Park, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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

Antillean Nighthawk
Antillean Nighthawk (Chordeiles gundlachii) Male
Dominican Republic  
   
Photograph by Carlos Gomez   © All Rights Reserved.

A Caribbean species slightly smaller than the [Common Nighthawk] but otherwise almost identical, and must be identified by voice. May have buffy underparts compared to [Common Nighthawk] (HBW).


Common Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Common Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA
  Note wings extend about as far as tail.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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 is thinner than on Common [Pauraque], and further from tip than on [Lesser Nighthawk]. Note white throat on male is often hidden.
Additional photo.

Nacunda Nighthawk
Nacunda Nighthawk (Chordeiles nacunda nacunda)
Brazil
  Standing on feet a characteristic behaviour of this species.
   
Photograph by Andreas Trepte     Copyright and usage info

Nacunda Nighthawk
Nacunda Nighthawk (Chordeiles nacunda)
Brazil  
   
Photograph by Rodrigo Conte   © All Rights Reserved.

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)
Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

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

Sand-colored Nighthawk
Sand-colored Nighthawk (Chordeiles rupestris rupestris)
Puerto Asis, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Seen during day in large groups along major rivers resting on rocks, driftwood, or trees. Note black outer wing feathers compared to larger [Nacunda Nighthawk] which has a white band that reaches the edge.


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