Long-trained Nightjar Macropsalis forcipata

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The Long-trained Nightjar is endemic to southeast Brazil, where it easily is the most spectacular nightjar in its range. Its long tail is graduated, with greatly elongated outmost rectrices that are frosted with white. This tail is used in a terrestrial courtship display in which the mail puffs out his throat and raises his tail at a right angle to create a conspicuous V. The male also hovers around a perched female with his tail spread out. The diet and foraging behavior of the Long-trained Nightjar are poorly studied.

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

Recommended Citation

Long-trained Nightjar (Macropsalis forcipata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lotnig2