Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Polytypic: 7 subspecies
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Adult male

Long-tailed nightjar. Male's outer tail feathers are white. They are reduced on females, but noticeable in flight. Wings also have a white band that is visible in flight.


Well-camouflaged, brown and gray nightjar. Feathers on the shoulder have buffy tips. Individuals in Texas and lower Rio Grande Valley are grayer than others.


Throat patch, which is often very difficult to see, is buffy on females and white on males.


During the day roosts on forest floor where it is nearly invisible.

Recommended Citation

Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis), In Neotropical Birds Online (, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: