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Little Nightjar Setopagis parvula

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Kaiya Provost
  • © Graham Ekins

Perhaps despite its name, this small nightjar is not obviously any smaller than several other species of Neotropical nightjars. The plumage of Little Nighjar generally is grayish brown with a broad tawny collar across the hindneck, a white throat patch, a white patch close to the wingtip, and white tips to all but the central rectrices. Little Nightjar inhabits open woodland in the lowlands of central and eastern South America, from eastern Peru to northern Brazil, and south to northern Argentina, and it is generally locally common. Despite its comparatively large range, no subspecies of Little Nightjar currently are recognized.


© Natxo Areta

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

Recommended Citation

Provost, K. (2015). Little Nightjar (Setopagis parvula), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.