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Pygmy Nightjar Nyctipolus hirundinaceus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Andrea Alfano


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Pygmy Nightjar is endemic to Brazil. It is relatively widely distributed in northeastern Brazil, with apparently local disjunct populations in eastern Minais Gerais and Espírito Santo.

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Blackish Nightjar occurs in arid scrub and deciduous forest, but is particularly associated with open gravelly and stony sites (especially in the caatinga region) and with rocky outcrops (in the Atlantic Forest region) (Ingels et al. 2014).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Alfano, A. (2014). Pygmy Nightjar (Nyctipolus hirundinaceus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.