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Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus

Yucatan Poorwill

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Arizmendi, M.C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, Robert A. Behrstock, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus

location unknown; © Manuel Grosselet

Yucatan Poorwill is endemic to the Yucatan region of southeastern Mexico, Belize, and northeastern Guatemala.  This small caprimulgid is found in deciduous forest and scrub habitats and most often is detected by its three part song. This nightjar is seen only infrequently because of its arboreal habits, unlike the sympatric Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis), which commonly sits on roads at night in between feeding sallies. Yucatan Nightjar can be identified within its restricted geographic range by its small size, rufous coloration, and tendency to perch in trees.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M.C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, Robert A. Behrstock, and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 2013. Yucatan Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=%0A%09%09%09%09218296

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical deciduous forest
  • Foraging Strata:Aerial
  • Foraging Behavior:Screen
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:No Nest
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern