Family Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Nightjar (Antrostomus saturatus)


French: Engoulevent montagnard German: Bergnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras fuliginoso
Other common names: Dusky Whip-poor-will

Antrostomus saturatus


, 1870,

Volcán de Chiriquí, Panama




C highlands of Costa Rica and SW Panama (W Chiriquí).

Descriptive notes

21–25 cm; one male 52·9 g, one female 51 g. Sexually dimorphic. Most likely to be confused with either A. vociferus or A. rufus, but note... read more


Song of male is similar in general pattern to that of A. arizonae but higher-pitched, more... read more


Mainly montane forest or woodland, in clearings and areas of second growth or along forest edges;... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on moths and beetles. Forages from perches, perhaps rarely from ground, hunting over open spaces in or near woods and forests.


Poorly known. Possibly breeds Feb–Apr (juveniles found in Apr). Nest-site in clearing with scattered trees, often among tall grass... read more


None recorded. Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Locally common and widespread in C highlands of Costa Rica, ­uncommon... read more

Recommended citation

Cleere, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Dusky Nightjar (Antrostomus saturatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 February 2020).