French: Engoulevent à queue d’aronde German: Schwalbenschwanz-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras golondrina
Subspecies and Distribution
U. s. segmentata
(Cassin, 1849) – Andes in Colombia (C & E ranges) and Ecuador (both slopes).
U. s. kalinowskii
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894) – E slope of Andes from N Peru (Amazonas) S to W & C Bolivia (Cochabamba).
20–22 cm (excluding outer tail feathers of male, which reach 40·7–54 cm in length); 1 male 45 g, 1 female 50 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts dark brown,... read more
Song of male is a whistled “purrrrr-sweeeee” that rises, then descends in pitch; sings from ground... read more
Typically, forest clearings, glades and openings and along forest edges, often preferring areas... read more
Food and feeding
Diet poorly studied, but probably feeds on insects. Forages by making short sallies from ground or perches. When foraging, flies low over... read more
Very poorly known. Breeds Aug–Sept and Jan–Feb in Colombia; no data from other regions. Males perform courtship displays in... read more
None documented. Possibly sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In Colombia, considered locally uncommon to fairly common in suitable habitat; locally fairly common in suitable habitat throughout rest of ... read more
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