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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


Distribution in the Americas

Broadly, the Short-tailed Nighthawk occurs from southern Mexico (Chiapas) south to northern Argentina.

It is resident from southern Mexico south at least to northern Nicaragua, and again from Costa Rica south to western Ecuador. It also is resident from northern and eastern Colombia east to the Guianas. It is widepsread across Amazonia, although there are few specimens from this region, and it is not clear the extent to which it is resident in Amazonia, or what proportion of these records refer to migrants.

Distribution in Peru of Lurocalis semitorquatus. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles; sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)

It also occurs from eastern Paraguay through southern and eastern Brazil (nattereri). At least the southernmost populations in this region are migratory; for example, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, it is reported only from 2 October-8 March (Belton 1984). Migrant nattereri occur north to Venezuela (Hilty 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Occurs in lowland evergreen forest (Howell and Webb 1995), also forages over more open wooded areas such as old cacoa plantations and semi-0pen tall second-growth (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Short-tailed Nighthawk - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Short-tailed Nighthawk

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