Family Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-collared Nightjar (Antrostomus salvini)


French: Engoulevent de Salvin German: Salvinnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras ticuer

Caprimulgus salvini

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1892,

no locality = Mirador, Veracruz, Mexico


Closely related to A. badius and A. sericocaudatus, all three sometimes being considered conspecific. Monotypic.


E Mexico from C Nuevo León S to N Veracruz; winter records to S Veracruz.

Descriptive notes

23–25·5 cm. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts blackish-brown boldly streaked and spotted blackish, with indistinct tawny or buff nuchal collar; wing-coverts... read more


Song of male is a rapid “chip, willow”, “yip, willow” or “chip, wow”; sings from perches at dusk... read more


Lowland semi-deserts and dry, open woodland with scrub; occasionally also farmland and fields,... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects. Forages from perches and possibly from ground.


Poorly documented. Breeds Apr–Aug. Clutch 2 eggs, whitish with brown and grey markings; chick not described.


Generally sedentary, although occasionally undertakes local movements outside breeding season (Dec... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally confined to woodland and scrubland in E Mexico, where considered a common to fairly common breeding bird in lowlands. Status uncertain in... read more

Recommended citation

Cleere, N. (2019). Tawny-collared Nightjar (Antrostomus salvini). 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 on 12 December 2019).