French: Engoulevent minime German: Texasnachtschwalbe Spanish: Añapero garrapena
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. texensis
Lawrence, 1856 – SW USA S to C Mexico (including Baja California); winters S to W Colombia.
C. a. micromeris
Oberholser, 1914 – N Yucatán Peninsula, in SE Mexico.
C. a. littoralis
Brodkorb, 1940 – S Mexico S to Costa Rica, possibly to Panama.
C. a. acutipennis
(Hermann, 1783) – Colombia E through Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago and the Guianas to E Brazil, and S (absent from many parts of Amazonia) to N Bolivia and probably Paraguay and N Argentina#R.
C. a. crissalis
A. H. Miller, 1959 – S Colombia (upper Magdalena Valley, in Huila).
C. a. aequatorialis
Chapman, 1923 – W Colombia, W Ecuador, possibly also NW Peru.
C. a. exilis
(Lesson, 1839) – W Peru and, rarely, extreme N Chile.
19–23 cm; male 34–62 g, female 34–64 g. Sexually dimorphic; at rest, wing-tips reach tip of tail. Crown generally blackish-brown, rest of upperparts... read more
Song of male is an evenly pitched trill or slow churr. Sings in flight, from perches or ground.... read more
Typically all types of open country, including deserts and semi-deserts, scrubland, savanna and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes crickets, beetles, winged ants, moths, mayflies, termites, dragonflies, flies, mosquitoes and bugs. Forages in flight by... read more
Breeds late Apr to Aug in SW USA, May–Jul/Aug in Mexico, possibly late Apr to Jul in El Salvador, Mar (perhaps) to Jul in Costa Rica... read more
Surprisingly little known; many populations possibly largely sedentary. Race texensis... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally abundant throughout range. On North American breeding grounds, locally common in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas;... read more
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