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Swallow-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis segmentata

Heidi Henrichs
Version: 1.0 — Published October 3, 2014


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Like most nightjars, Swallow-tailed Nightjar is active during the night and twilight hours; it roosts on or near the ground during the day, often under a shrub (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Hilty and Brown 1986). Forages with sallys from the ground or a low perch, or in low flight over open areas (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Hilty and Brown 1986).


There are no published data on territorial defense, maintenance, or home range size for Swallow-tailed Nightjar.

Sexual Behavior

Little information available. Males reported to perform courtship displays in which they circle and chase females (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).

Social and interspecific behavior

Usually solitary or in pairs.


No reports of predation on Swallow-tailed Nightjar?

Recommended Citation

Henrichs, H. (2014). Swallow-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis segmentata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.swtnig1.01