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Dusky Nightjar Antrostomus saturatus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Joey Chase


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Dusky Nightjar
eBird range map for Dusky Nightjar

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Dusky Nightjar is resident in the highlands of Costa Rica and western Panama. This nightjar is widely distributed in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989), but in Panama it is confined to Volcán Barú in Chiriquí (Wetmore 1968, Ridgely and Gwynne 1989).

The elevational range of Dusky Nightjar is 1500-3100 m (Parker et al. 1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas


Dusky Nightjar occurs in humid montane forest, but generally occupies forest edge and openings in the forest, not the interior of closed forest; representative sites where it occurs include "the páramon-forest transition, highland pastures with scattered tall trees, and gaps" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Chase, J. (2014). Dusky Nightjar (Antrostomus saturatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.