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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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Distribution in the Americas

Roraiman Nightjar is restricted to the tepui region of southeastern Venezuela and adjacent southwestern Guyana. It is known from few localities in Venezuela, including Cerro Duida, Amazonas, and Cerro Juaua, Ptari-tepui, Cerro Urutaní, and Roraima in Bolívar (Phelps and Phelps 1958, Hilty 2003). In Guyana this species has been found at Kopinang, in the southern portion of the Pacaraima Mountains (O'Shea et al. 2007). Almost surely Roraiman Nightjar also occurs in northern Brazil (Hilty 2003).

The elevational distribution of Roraiman Nightjar in Venezuela is 1280-1800 m (Hilty 2003), but it has been found as low as 850 m in Guyana (O'Shea et al. 2007).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


There is little information on the habitat of Roraiman Nightjar; generally it occupies "humid forested country ... [and] prefers open areas, such as clearings and treefalls, with scattered, very dense vegetation" (Cleere 1998). At one site in Guyana, nightjars were found in savanna with scattered Curatella americana trees, and most often were observed "in the vicinity of forest edges and bush islands" (O'Shea et al. 2007).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Roraiman Nightjar
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the 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