Choco Poorwill Nyctiphrynus rosenbergi

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Joseph Byington
  • © Dusan Brinkhuizen

Choco Poorwill is a nightjar that is restricted to western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. The species is found in lowland evergreen forest, up to 900 m; this habitat type is under threat due to logging and other human industrial activities, and so the IUCN currently evaluates the conservation status of Choco Poorwill as "Near Threatened." This nightjar is quite round looking due to its short wings and tail, and is dark smoky gray brown in color with a contrasting buffy band across the scapulars. Choco Poorwill has a beautiful voice: the song consists of an series of about three short whistled notes followed by a higher, lower peee-ow that descends in pitch abruptly with the second syllable.


© Andrew Spencer

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Byington, J. (2014). Choco Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus rosenbergi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.