Nacunda Nighthawk Chordeiles nacunda

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Elsie Shogren


Breeding reportedly occurs in April in Trinidad (Belcher and Smooker 1936, ffrench 1991); in January, March, and June in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986); from mid-September to November in Brazil (Cleere 1998); in November in Uruguay (Gore and Gepp 1978) and in Bolivia (Cleere 1998); and October-November in Paraguay (Cleere 1998).

No nest is constructed; the eggs are laid on the ground. In Trinidad, three nests were "on the ground among dead leaves, under bushes and tangled vines near the base of a small palm" (Belcher and Smooker 1936).  The clutch 1-2. The eggs are elliptical, cream or pinkish cream, blotched and scrawled rich brown, especially around the larger end. The dimensions of four eggs (two clutches of two eggs) were 35.2-37 mm x 25.4-27.2 mm (Belcher and Smooker 1936). The incubation and nestling periods are not known.

Recommended Citation

Shogren, E. (2011). Nacunda Nighthawk (Chordeiles nacunda), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.