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Sand-colored Nighthawk Chordeiles rupestris

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


Geographic Variation

Although some authors recognize two subspecies (e.g., Dickinson and Remsen 2013), Chordeiles rupestris is best considered to be monotypic (Holyoak 2001, Cleere 2010).

Related Species

Phylogenetic analyis of DNA sequence data (from both mitochondrial and nuclear genes) indicates that Chordeiles rupestris is sister to Chordeiles acutipennis (Lesser Nighthawk) (Han et al. 2010, Sigurdsson and Cracraft 2014).

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.