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Eared Poorwill Nyctiphrynus mcleodii

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Pete Morris

Eared Poorwill is a nightjar endemic to western Mexico.  The species can be found in mid-elevation oak and mixed oak-pine forest on mountain slopes from Chihuahua southeast to Oaxaca.  Eared Poorwills appear to have a stable population and do not face any obvious threats, though birders perceive them as quite rare due to the challenge of actually finding this species in the field.  Cryptically plumaged like most nightjars, this species has lateral crown feathers that project to form "ear tufts" for which the species is named; additionally, the species is browner overall than the Common Poorwill with which it might otherwise be confused.  The species is most easily found by its loud, rich song, a short, whistled "pi-tow."

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© L. Irby Davis

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

Recommended Citation

Eared Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus mcleodii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: