Family Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Least Concern

Yucatan Nightjar (Antrostomus badius)


French: Engoulevent maya German: Guatemalanachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras guatemalteco

Antrostomus badius

Bangs and Peck

, 1908,

Toledo district, Belize


Closely related to A. salvini and A. sericocaudatus, all three sometimes being considered conspecific. Present species has alternatively been treated as a race of one or other of above two species, although vocally it may be closest to A. rufus. Monotypic.


Yucatán Peninsula of SE Mexico; also Cozumel I. In winter S to Belize and N Honduras.

Descriptive notes

25–25·5 cm; 1 male 65·5 g, female 51–56 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts greyish-brown, spotted and speckled greyish-white and heavily spotted and... read more


Song of male is an undulating “wheo, wee-a, wee-a” or “ree-o, reé, reé”, similar to... read more


Mainly open, lowland woods and forest, and also forest edge.

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects. Foraging methods not described.


Almost entirely undocumented. Possibly breeds Apr–Aug. Clutch 2 eggs, elliptical, white, sparsely flecked and blotched brown and... read more


Generally sedentary, though some S movement outside breeding season; recorded Dec–Feb in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. In 1950’s considered extremely rare and confined to deciduous forests, though probably under-recorded; currently regarded as a fairly common to... read more

Recommended citation

Cleere, N. (2019). Yucatan Nightjar (Antrostomus badius). 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 20 January 2019).