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Silky-tailed Nightjar Antrostomus sericocaudatus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: F. A. Wilkinson Wilkinson


Much of the information in this account is based on:
Wilkinson, F. A. 2009. Observations on the breeding biology of the Silky-tailed Nightjar, Caprimulgus sericocaudatus mengeli. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121(3):498-505.

Other References:
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Cleere, N. 1998. Nightjars: A Guide to the Nightjars, Nighthawks, and Their Relatives. Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

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Cole, K. 2003. Checklist of birds from northern Misiones Province, Argentina 29 October – 3 November, 2003. 20pgs.

Dickerman, R. W. 1975. New subspecies of Caprimulgus sericocaudatus from the Amazon River basin. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 95: 18-19.

Han, K.-L., Robbins, M. B., Braun, M. J. 2010. A multi-gene estimate of phylogeny in the nightjars and nighthawks (Caprimulgidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55:443-453.

Hardy, J. W. 1985. An unidentified species of nightjar. National Geographic Society Research Reports 21:217-219.

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Jones, G. W. 1933. An apparently unnoticed trait of Whip-poor-will. Auk 50: 436-437.

Parker, T., lll. and B. Bailey (eds.). 1991. A biological assessment of the Alto Madidi Region and Adjacent Areas of Northwest Bolivia May 18 – June 15, 1990. RAP Working Papers 1. Conservation International.

Ranft, R. and N. Cleere. 1998. A sound guide to nightjars and related nightbirds. Pica Press, The British Library National Sound Archive.

Schönwetter, M. 1960-72. Handbuch der Oologie. Vol. 1, Lief 1-20. W. Meise [ed.]. Akademie Verlag, Berlin.

Schulenberg, T. S. and J. V. Remson, Jr. 1982. Eleven bird species new to Bolivia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 102: 52-57.

Sick, H. 1993. Birds in Brazil. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Terborgh, J., J. W. Fitzpatrick, and L. Emmons. 1984. Annotated checklist of bird and mammal species of Cocha Cashu Biological Station, Manu National Park. Fieldiana Zoologica, New Series Number 21.

Vilella, F. J. 1995. Reproductive ecology and behaviour of the Puerto Rican Nightjar, Caprimulgus noctitherus. Bird Conservation International 5:349-366.

Recommended Citation

Wilkinson, F. A. W. (2011). Silky-tailed Nightjar (Antrostomus sericocaudatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.