Yucatan Poorwill Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus

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


Geographic Variation

Yucatan Nightjar is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Caprimulgus yucatanicus by Hartert (in Salvin and Hartert 1892), with a type locality of Tizimin, Yucatan, Mexico.

This species (together with Nyctiphrynus mcleodii Eared Poorwill) long was classified in the genus Otophanes (e.g. Peters 1940), but Otophanes later was synonymized with Nyctiphrynus.

Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data, from both mitochondrial and nuclear genes, confirms the monophyly of Nyctiphrynus (Han et al. 2010); yucantanicus is revealed as the sister to Nyctiphrynus ocellatus (Ocellated Poorwill) of Amazonia, however, and not to the more geographically proximate mcleodii. The genus Nyctiphrynus in turn is sister to a clade that contains Phalaenoptilus nuttallii (Common Poorwill) and the genus Antrostomus (Han et al. 2010).

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, R. A. Behrstock, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Yucatan Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus yucatanicus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.yucpoo1.01