Neotropical Birds logo
Version 1.0

This is a historic version of this account.  Current version


Roraiman Nightjar Setopagis whitelyi

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


Welcome to Birds of the World!

You are currently viewing one of the free accounts available in our complimentary tour of Birds of the World. In this courtesy review, you can access all the life history articles and the multimedia galleries associated with this account.

For complete access to all accounts, a subscription is required.

Subscribe Now

Already a subscriber? Sign in

Geographic Variation

Setopagis whitelyi is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Anstrotomus whitelyi (Salvin 1885); type locality Roraima, Guyana [= Mount Roraima, Bolívar, Venezuela; Phelps 1938]

This species later was transferred to Caprimulgus, a genus that eventually encompassed a large number of species of nightjars worldwide (Salvin and Hartert 1892, Peters 1940, Dickinson 2003). Recent phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data, from both mitochondrial and nuclear genes, however, reveals that the broadly defined Caprimulgus of Peters (1940) and other authors is highly polyphyletic (Han et al. 2010, Sigurdsson and Cracraft 2014). Caprimulgus proper is entirely confined to the Old World, and New World species of "Caprimulgus" are split into several clades. Currently whitelyi is classified in the genus Setopagis, together with heterurus (Todd's Nightjar), parvulus (Little Nightjar), and maculosus (Cayenne Nightjar) (Remsen et al. 2014). An alternative, however, is to include all of these species in an expanded Hydropsalis (Sigurdsson and Cracraft 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