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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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Roraiman Nightjar has a restricted distribution. Although its population trend has not been quantified, it is believed to be in decline; nonetheless its IUCN Red List conservation status is evaluated as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2014).

Effects of human activity on populations

The primary threat to Roraiman Nightjar is habitat loss or degradation. As noted by BirdLife International (2014), the tepui region is largely inaccessible and so currently are little affected by human activity. The risk, however, is that widespread habitat loss would lead not to the regeneration of the original habitat, but to colonization by bracken (Pteridium), which be less suitable for this species (BirdLife International 2014).

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