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
  • © Paul Willoughby

Yucatan Nightjar inhabits scrubby woodland, forest edge and other brushy habitats on most of the Yucatan Peninsula of southeastern Mexico and northern Belize. At least some individuals move south in the winter, to southern Belize and extreme northwestern Honduras. As with all cryptically colored night birds, identification is best accomplished by hearing this nightjar's song, a loud, clear puc ree-u-reeeu’ or pc weeu wee-weeu. Like Tawny-collared Nightjar (Antrostomus salvini) of northeastern Mexico, Yucatan Nighjar has a cinnamon hind collar. Note the chalkier white foreneck, crown, and scapulars of Yucatan Nightjar, and the more extensively white corners to the tail. The smaller Yucatan Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus) has less white at the tail tip, a narrow white forecollar, and a simple one note song.


© Matthew D. Medler

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

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. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.yucnig1.01