White-tailed Nightjar Hydropsalis cayennensis

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

Diet and Foraging


White-tailed Nightjar is insectivorous; the diet is not known in much detail, but includes beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Geotrupidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), moths (Lepidoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), Hymenoptera, and Odonata (Friedmann and Smith 1950, Haverschmidt 1968, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Schmitt and Schmitt 1990).

Foraging Behavior

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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