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Scrub Nightjar Nyctidromus anthonyi

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Ema Nakao Nakao

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The short, simple song of the Scrub Nightjar is given most often at dusk and dawn  (Robbins et al. 1994, Cleere 1998). The song is a short treeow (Robbins et al. 1994) or  keeLEEoo (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007), that is about 0.25 sec long and consists of two notes. The song is repeated at 1-2 sec intervals, and is sung from the ground and low perches (Robbins et al. 1994, Cleere 1998, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b).

Another call is described as a rolling quaqrrr that rises in pitch at the start of the call and rises again in the middle of the call; this vocalization is given from a perch, such as from a low fork in a bush (Cleere 1998).

The flight call is described as a soft tuk tuk tuk (Cleere 1998).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Nakao, E. N. (2011). Scrub Nightjar (Nyctidromus anthonyi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.