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 - Swallow-tailed Nightjar
 - Swallow-tailed Nightjar

Swallow-tailed Nightjar Uropsalis segmentata

Heidi Henrichs
Version: 1.0 — Published October 3, 2014

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The spectacular long tail of male Swallow-tailed Nightjar, along with its cloud forest habitat, makes it a much sought-after species in the Andes from Colombia south to Bolivia. Its buzzy, whistled rising-falling song is distinctive, although it may be confused with the song of Wattled Guan (Aburria aburri); both of these species often sing at dusk or after dark, but the nightjar's song is much weaker and more level than the guan's. The long, bifurcated tail of male Swallow-tailed Nightjar is distinctive, but the female is best identified by her dark plumage, uniformly mottled with warm cinnamon brown.

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