French: Engoulevent lyre German: Leierschwanz-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras lira
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
U. l. lyra
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Andes in W Venezuela (Mérida), W Colombia and Ecuador.
U. l. peruana
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1906) – E slope of Andes from Peru (Amazonas) S to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
U. l. argentina
Olrog, 1975 – Andes in N Argentina (Jujuy), and possibly S Bolivia.
25–28 cm (excluding outer tail feathers of male, which reach 63·5–80 cm in length); 1 male 68·5 g, female 74–79 g. Sexually dimorphic.... read more
Song of male is a series of rising “wéeou-tee” notes given from ground or near-... read more
Typically, humid cloudforest or rainforest, in clearings, openings and glades and along forest... read more
Food and feeding
Diet poorly studied, but probably feeds on insects including moths. Foraging methods not fully described. Forages by making short sallies... read more
Little information. Breeds Jun–Aug and Dec in Colombia. A nest in NW Ecuador contained a chick in Aug; it was a simple circular area... read more
None documented. Probably sedentary, although seasonal altitudinal movements strongly suspected in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Local in Colombia, where recorded on Andean slopes, generally between 800–2500 m, from Valle, Antioquia, S to Cauca and Huila,... read more
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