White-tailed Nightjar Hydropsalis cayennensis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
  • Authors: Mary Margaret Ferraro
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Conservation

Conservation Status

White-tailed Nighthar is not globally threatened. This species has a very large geographic distribution, and the population is presumed to be stable (BirdLife International 2014). Consequently its IUCN Red List status is evaluated as of Least Concern (BirdLife International 2014). The population on Martinique, however, which represents an endemic subspecies, is threatened by habitat destruction and introduced predators (Raffaele et al. 1998).

Generally the relative abundance of White-tailed Nighjar is assessed as uncommon and somewhat local (Panama: Ridgely and Gwynne 1989) to fairly common (Colombia: Hilty and Brown 1986; Trinidad and Tobago: ffrench 1991) or locally common (Venezuela: Hilty 2003).

Effects of human activity on populations

White-tailed Nightjar probably is little affected by human activity, with the apparent exception of the isolated population on Martinique, which may be threatened by habitat destruction and introduced predators (Raffaele et al. 1998).

Recommended Citation

Ferraro, M. M. (2015). White-tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis cayennensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whtnig1.01