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Blackish Nightjar Nyctipolus nigrescens

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Kate Bemis

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Blackish Nightjar is short and not loud. It variously is described as "a soft, purring pu'r'r'r'r't or qu'r'r'r'rt repeated 3-5 times in about 4 sec. or more" (Hilty and Brown 1986); as "a soft pr-r-r-r-t repeated several times in succession, often followed by [a] long pause before another series is given" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b); and as a "quiet purred series of wurt notes" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Other vocalizations of Blackish Nightjar include a cluck or ptink alarm call, as when flushed from the nest by humans (Cleere and Ingels 2002, Jackson and Ingels, 2010), and a guttural hissing during threat, defense, and distraction displays (Cleere 1998). The alarm call of nestlings is a small peep (Cleere and Ingels 2002).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Blackish Nightjar can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Bemis, K. (2015). Blackish Nightjar (Nyctipolus nigrescens), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.