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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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The common vocalization (and apparent song) of most populations (the semitorquatus group) is described variously as "a sharp, slightly liquid g'wik or gweek" (stonei, Mexico; Howell and Webb 1995); "an upslurred whick? singly or in series" (noctivagus, Costa Rica; Stiles and Skutch 1989); "a sharp stacatto cu-it, often repeated several times in a series" (noctivagus, western Ecuador; Ridgely and Greenfield 2001); and as "a liquid whistle tuip interspersed with a series, often rising, of more gruff barks: pah pah pah" (semitorquatus, Peru; Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007); and as "a ... constantly repeated but well-spaced ewIT ... ewIT ... ewIT ..." (nattereri, Brazil; Belton 1984). This song is given both in flight and when perched (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Additional recordings of vocalizations of the Short-tailed Nighthawk can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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