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Sand-colored Nighthawk Chordeiles rupestris

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Nichole Whyland

Priorities for Future Research

Sand-colored Nighthawk is widespread, often common, and occupies open habitats, yet some basic aspects of its life history remain poorly known. Most remarkably, for such a common and conspicuous species, there is surprisingly little information on its seasonal status throughout its range: does it undertake regular migrations, and if so, what regions regularly are vacated on a seasonal basis? Or are the movements of this species less regular, and more nomadic, in nature? Quantification of the population trend is warranted, to assess whether this nighthawk indeed is the target of unsustainable levels of exploitation. There also is little or no information on such topics as territoriality and population density, dispersal, life span and survivorship, and molts for Sand-colored Nighthawk.

Recommended Citation

Whyland, N. (2015). Sand-colored Nighthawk (Chordeiles rupestris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.