Shows some owl-like features, but nowadays generally considered to be a caprimulgiform. Regarded as an early offshoot within the order, possibly closest to Nyctibiidae and Caprimulgidae. Molecular analyses inconclusive; sometimes thought to be a sister-group to Nyctibiidae#R. Birds from Peru described as race peruvianus, but appear to be undiagnosable. Monotypic.
Panama and Colombia E to Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana and N Brazil, and S to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; recorded also in Costa Rica, Tobago and Surinam#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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