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Swallow-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis segmentata

Heidi Henrichs
Version: 1.0 — Published October 3, 2014


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Distribution in the Americas

Swallow-tailed Nightjar is resident in the Andes from Colombia to Bolivia. In Colombia it occurs in the Central and Eastern Andes (Meyer de Schauensee 1949, Hilty and Brown 1986). It occurs on the west slope of the Andes of Ecuador only in the northwest, in Carchi, but along the entire east slope (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a). It is found primarily on the east slope of the Andes of Peru and Bolivia, south to Cochabamba, but also locally on the west slope in northwestern Peru in Cajamarca (Hennessey et al. 2003, Schulenberg et al. 2010).

The elevational range of Swallow-tailed Nightjar in Colombia is 2500-3500 m (Hilty and Brown 1986). In Ecuador it occurs primarily from 2500-3200 m, but locally to as low as 2100-2150 m in Napo which it is syntopic with Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra) (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a). The elevational range in Peru is 2000-3600 m (Schulenberg et al. 2010), and in Bolivia is 2000-3400 m (Hennessey et al. 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Swallow-tailed Nightjar is confined to the Neotropics.


Swallow-tailed Nightjar typically occupies elfin forest, and the edges of humid montane forest, including glades with bamboo, coarse grass, or shrubby vegetation (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Hilty and Brown 1986, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Swallow-tailed Nightjar
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the 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