Order
Caprimulgiformes
Family
Caprimulgidae
Genus
Nyctiphrynus
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Yucatan Poorwill Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (9)
Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Robert A. Behrstock, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published January 31, 2013

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Yucatan Poorwill is endemic to the Yucatan region of southeastern Mexico, Belize, and northeastern Guatemala.  This small caprimulgid is found in deciduous forest and scrub habitats and most often is detected by its three part song. This nightjar is seen only infrequently because of its arboreal habits, unlike the sympatric Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis), which commonly sits on roads at night in between feeding sallies. Yucatan Nightjar can be identified within its restricted geographic range by its small size, rufous coloration, and tendency to perch in trees.

Distribution of the Yucatan Poorwill
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  • Migration
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Distribution of the Yucatan Poorwill

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, R. A. Behrstock, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Yucatan Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.yucpoo1.01