Family Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Least Concern

Nacunda Nighthawk (Chordeiles nacunda)


Taxonomy

French: Engoulevent nacunda German: Weißbauch-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Añapero ñacundá
Taxonomy:

Caprimulgus nacunda

Vieillot

, 1817,

Paraguay

.

Previously placed in a monotypic genus, Podager, but genetic data indicate that this species is embedded in Chordeiles and is sister to C. pusillus#R. Subspecies coryi previously known by name minor, but latter name invalid, as preoccupied#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. n. coryi Agne & Pacheco, 2011 – N & C Colombia E through Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas and N Brazil.
  • C. n. nacunda (Vieillot, 1817) – E Peru E through Brazil (S of R Amazon) and S to C Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    27·5–32 cm; male 142–188 g, female 124–170 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts and wing-coverts brown speckled greyish-white and greyish-brown, heavily... read more

    Voice

    Song of male is a soft, repetitive, purring “prrrrr-doo”, usually given from ground,... read more

    Habitat

    Savanna, grassland and marshland, also edges of rainforest and gallery forest, river edges,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes froghoppers (Tomapsis), beetles, bugs (especially Nezara), locusts, winged ants, dragonflies, damselflies,... read more

    Breeding

    Poorly documented. Breeds Apr in Trinidad, Jan to perhaps Jun in Colombia, mid-Sept to Nov in Brazil, Nov in Uruguay and Bolivia, and Oct... read more

    Movements

    Migration patterns poorly understood. Nominate race possibly sedentary in parts of range, migratory... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In Trinidad, locally fairly common visitor, mainly Jun–Oct, though occasional breeding suspected some years; rare in Tobago... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cleere, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Bonan, A. (2017). Nacunda Nighthawk (Chordeiles nacunda). 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/55169 on 17 November 2017).