Hispaniolan Nightjar (Antrostomus ekmani)

The Hispaniolan Nightjar bird is a species of bird found exclusively on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. This bird belongs to the nightjar family, a group of nocturnal birds that are known for their distinctive call and for being active at night.

The Hispaniolan Nightjar bird is a small bird, reaching a length of only around 20 centimeters. It has a distinctive appearance, with a mottled brown and grey plumage that provides excellent camouflage against the rocky terrain that it inhabits. Its large eyes are adapted for low-light conditions, allowing it to navigate easily during its night-time foraging.

One of the most distinctive features of the Hispaniolan Nightjar bird is its call. Its call is a high-pitched whistle that is repeated multiple times, making it an easily recognizable sound in the forests and hills where it lives. This call is not just a way to identify the species but also serves as a territorial call during the breeding season.

The Hispaniolan Nightjar bird is primarily insectivorous, feeding on a variety of small insects that it captures while flying low over the ground. It is also known to occasionally catch small lizards and other small prey, but insects remain the primary food source for this species.

This bird is found in a variety of habitats, including pine forests, savannas, and rocky hillsides. They are most often seen at night, during the breeding season, when males will perform aerial displays to attract a mate. Females typically lay two eggs at a time, and both sexes share the incubation and care of the young.

Unfortunately, like many bird species, the Hispaniolan Nightjar bird is threatened by habitat destruction and fragmentation. As forests are cleared and urban areas expand, the foraging and breeding habitat for these birds is disappearing. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the remaining populations of this unique bird, and concerted efforts are essential for preserving the Hispaniolan Nightjar for future generations to enjoy.

Other names

Antrostomus ekmani



Hispaniolan Nightjar

enganyapastors de la Hispaniola



dominikanski leganj

lelek hispaniolský



Engoulevent d’Hispaniola


Succiacapre di Hispaniola

ispaninis lėlys


lelkowiec haitański


lelek haitský

Chotacabras de La Española


дрімлюга гаїтійський

haiti öösorr