French: Engoulevent de Ridgway German: Braunhals-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras tucuchillo
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. ridgwayi
Nelson, 1897 – extreme SW USA (SE Arizona and SE New Mexico) S to W & S Mexico (to Chiapas).
A. r. troglodytes
(Griscom, 1930) – C Guatemala, C Honduras and C Nicaragua.
21·5–24·5 cm; male 45–54 g, female 45–53 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts greyish-brown streaked blackish-brown; crown boldly spotted... read more
Song of male is an accelerating “cuk, cuk, cuk, cuk, cuk, chuka-cheea” or “tok, tok, tek, tek, tek... read more
Typically rocky, arid or semi-arid areas, in deciduous forest, mixed forest of pine and oak, second... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on beetles, moths and other insects. Hunts by making short flycatching sallies from ground or elevated perches, including tree... read more
Poorly documented. Possibly breeds Mar–Aug in SW USA and Mexico. Territorial. Nest-site often partly shaded by vegetation; no nest,... read more
Poorly known. Nominate race sedentary in S of range, partly migratory in N, small numbers summering... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Possibly undergoing a slight range expansion to N. Probably rare summer visitor in SW USA, where first reported in 1958 and recorded only from Pima,... read more
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