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Roraiman Nightjar Setopagis whitelyi

Mari West and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published July 11, 2014


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Like most of other species of nightjar, Roraiman Nightjar is nocturnal. This species catches insects in flight, but it is not known whether it primarily forages with sallies from a perch (on a the ground or on a branch), or whether it also captures insects while in continuous flight.

At one site in Guyana, in July, Roraiman Nightjar sang "only for a few minutes at first light" (O'Shea et al. 2007).


There are no published data on territorial defense, maintenance, or fidelity, or of home range size, for Roraiman Nightjar. At one site in Guyana, it is described as "low-density" (O'Shea et al. 2007).

Sexual Behavior

Little information; Roraiman Nightjar presumably is at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Undescribed; Roraiman Nightjar presumably is solitary or in pairs, as is typical of nightjars.


No reports of predation on Roraiman Nightjar?

Recommended Citation

West, M. and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). Roraiman Nightjar (Setopagis whitelyi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rornig1.01