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Rufous-bellied Nighthawk Lurocalis rufiventris

Alyssa Garcia
Version: 1.0 — Published June 6, 2014


Distribution in the Americas

Rufous-bellied Nighthawk is resident in the Andes, from Venezuela south to Bolivia. There are rather few records in Venezuela, where its distribution extends north to Lara (Phelps and Phelps 1958, Hilty 2003). It is reported in Colombia from the Sierra de Perijá and from the Eastern and Central Andes (Meyer de Schauensee 1949, Hilty and Brown 1986). Short-tailed Nighthawk occurs south along the west slope of Ecuador to Azuay, and continuously along the east slope (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a). Its distribution continues along the east slope of the Andes through Peru south at least to Cochabamba, Bolivia, and perhaps to as far south as Tarija (Remsen and Ridgely 1980, Hennessey et al. 2003).

The elevational distribution of Rufous-bellied Nighthawk is 1500-3450 m in Ecuador and Peru (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Walker et al. 2006, Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Rufous-bellied Nighthawk occurs in humid montane forests and also forages over adjacent clearings (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Hilty 2003, Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Rufous-bellied Nighthawk - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Rufous-bellied Nighthawk

Recommended Citation

Garcia, A. (2014). Rufous-bellied Nighthawk (Lurocalis rufiventris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rubnig1.01