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  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra lyra) Female
Queremal, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

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. Note white tip to tail compared to [Swallow-tailed Nightjar]. Often seen in the day on rocky cliffs.

Swallow-tailed Nightjar
Swallow-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis segmentata segmentata) Male
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Rob Felix   © All Rights Reserved.

Swallow-tailed Nightjar
Swallow-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis segmentata segmentata) Female
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Rob Felix   © All Rights Reserved.

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], and often found at higher altitudes (2500m). Uniformly mottled dark brown, and has no white throat or rufous collar on back of neck as do many nightjars. But note partial buff collar around front of neck.


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