Choco Poorwill Nyctiphrynus rosenbergi

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Joseph Byington

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song is of Choco Poorwill is described as "a resonant, whistled rhythmic kwor kwor kwor kweeér" (Robbins and Ridgely 1992). The song ascends slightly in pitch with each note; the the final note is inflected upward, and then descends.

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Other vocalizations of Choco Poorwill include frog-like notes such as kwok or kwi-kwok, and a klaw, sometimes doubled (P. Coopmans, in Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b).

Additional audio recordings of Choco Poorwill can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.