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 lyra) Female
Queremal, Colombia  
   

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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