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Short-tailed Nighthawk Lurocalis semitorquatus

Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Hope Batcheller, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published January 13, 2012



Very little information; few nests reported. Straneck et al. (1987) reported three nests of nattereri in Argentina. All three nests were on large horizontal tree limbs, 10-18 m above the ground. A nest of noctivagus in Panama was similarly situated, on a horizontal branch, but was lower, 6 m above the ground in a 14 m tall tree (Seutin and Letzer 1995).  The single egg rests directly on the substrate, with no additional nest material added. The egg is whitish, speckled with brown and gray, or light blue streaked chestnut (Straneck et al. 1987). The incubation period is ca 22 days. Both adults provision the young. The nestling period is ca 24 days (Seutin and Letzer 1995).

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, H. Batcheller, and T. S. Schulenberg (2012). Short-tailed Nighthawk (Lurocalis semitorquatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.shtnig1.01