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Pygmy Nightjar Nyctipolus hirundinaceus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Pygmy Nightjar is "a short single-noted, whistle, wheeo or wheo, and is often preceded by a rapid series of 3-4 wha notes, e.g. wha wha wah wheeo" (Cleere 1998).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The wha call sometimes also is given in flight (Cleere 1998). The alarm call is described "liquid prrip notes" (Cleere 1998).

There are very few available recordings of vocalizations of Pygmy Nightjar; additional examples can be heard at xeno-canto and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

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.