Family Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Least Concern

Hispaniolan Nightjar (Antrostomus ekmani)


French: Engoulevent d’Hispaniola German: Hispaniolanachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras de La Española

Antrostomus ekmani


, 1929,

near Jerémie, Haiti


Was until recently considered conspecific with A. cubanensis, but the two differ notably in voice. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

26–30 cm. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts and wing-coverts blackish-brown, speckled greyish-white, greyish-brown and buff; crown broadly streaked blackish, no nuchal... read more


Song of male is a short “clik” or “tuc” followed by a trilled whistle that rises in pitch: “tuc,... read more


Typically pine forests, from possibly sea-level to 1500 m.

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects. Foraging methods not described.


Breeding habits almost entirely undocumented. Breeds Apr–Jul; almost fully grown chicks in mid-Aug. No nest, eggs laid on ground; one... read more


None recorded. Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally widespread in suitable habitat throughout Haiti and Dominican Republic, though probably not common at any locality; fairly common in Sierra... read more

Recommended citation

Cleere, N. (2018). Hispaniolan Nightjar (Antrostomus ekmani). 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 24 April 2018).