Family Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Least Concern

Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra)


Taxonomy

French: Engoulevent lyre German: Leierschwanz-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras lira
Taxonomy:

Hydropsalis lyra

Bonaparte

, 1850,

Bogotá, Colombia

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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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song of male is a series of rising “wéeou-tee” notes given from ground or near-... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    Cleere, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55247 on 22 November 2017).