French: Engoulevent à queue de soie German: Seidennachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras coladeseda
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. mengeli
(Dickerman, 1975) – E Peru, NW Bolivia and scattered records through NC Brazil.
A. s. sericocaudatus
Cassin, 1849 – SE Brazil, E Paraguay and extreme NE Argentina.
24–30 cm; male 62–83 g, female 53–66 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts dark greyish-brown, broadly streaked and spotted blackish-brown; very broad but... read more
Song of male is an undulating “doh, wheo, eeo” given from low perches, mainly at dusk... read more
Mainly forest, in clearings, especially where there are thickets, bamboo understorey or second-... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on beetles, crickets, grasshoppers and ants. Foraging methods not described.
At Manu National Park, Peru (A. s. mengeli) 15 nests with eggs found in Sept–Oct. Eggs laid on bare ground or on leaf-... read more
None documented. Sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon and little known. Widely but sparsely distributed in Peru; widespread and possibly rare to fairly common in E... read more
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