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Yucatan Nightjar Antrostomus badius

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Caprimulgidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Robert A. Behrstock, and Aimee Van Tatenhove



Like most other species of nightjar, Yucatan Nightjar is nocturnal.

Yucatan Nightjar forages for flying insects with sallies from a perch in a tree or bush; probably also sallies from the ground (Paynter 1955, Howell and Webb 1995).


There are no published data on territorial defense, maintenance, or home range size for Yucatan Nightjar.

Sexual Behavior

Undescribed; presumably is at least socially monogamous.

Singing is most frequent from February through August (Howell and Webb 1995). Songs are given while the bird is perched in a tree or bush, often from sites that are well hidden (Howell and Webb 1995).

Social and interspecific behavior

Yucatan Nightjar typically is solitary.


No reports of predation on Yucatan Nightjar?

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S., M. d. C. Arizmendi, C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, R. A. Behrstock, and A. Van Tatenhove (2014). Yucatan Nightjar (Antrostomus badius), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.