French: Engoulevent aztèque German: Ohrennachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras prío
Subspecies and Distribution
N. m. mcleodii
(Brewster, 1888) – NW Mexico (W Chihuahua and S Sonora S to Jalisco and Colima).
N. m. rayi
A. H. Miller, 1948 – SW Mexico (Guerrero and Oaxaca).
20–21 cm; male 30·8–37 g, female 24–35·3 g. Sexes similar. Upperparts greyish, wing-coverts spotted white, scapulars boldly spotted blackish,... read more
Song of male is a loud, abrupt “peeyo” or “peejo” that ends emphatically... read more
Mainly open woodland of pine and/or oak, usually in semi-arid, mountainous terrain; also woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on insects, especially beetles and moths. Forages by making short flycatching sallies from trees (most commonly at mid to upper... read more
Poorly documented. Possibly breeds Apr–Jun. Nest-sites recorded in short grass at cliff base and in clumps of pines (Pinus... read more
Mainly sedentary, although occasionally may undertake local movements as race rayi... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Previously considered Near Threatened. A little-known species endemic to W Mexico, where locally rare to fairly common in suitable habitat. Widely... read more
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