Rufous-cheeked Nightjar (Caprimulgus rufigena)

The Rufous-cheeked Nightjar (Caprimulgus rufigena) is a small bird that belongs to the Caprimulgidae family. It is found in tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, from Nicaragua to Brazil and Peru. The bird is also known by other names, such as the Rufous-cheeked Poorwill or the Rufous-cheeked Whip-poor-will.

Measuring around 9-10 inches in length, the Rufous-cheeked Nightjar has a distinctive appearance with a mottled brown, black, and gray plumage that helps it blend in with its environment. The bird's most notable feature is the rufous or reddish brown coloring on its cheeks and throat, which contrasts with the white patches on its wings.

The Rufous-cheeked Nightjar is a nocturnal bird and spends most of its time hunting at night. It is an insectivore and feeds on a range of insects, such as moths, beetles, and grasshoppers. The bird can be found in a variety of habitats, including open woodlands, marshes, and scrublands.

During the breeding season, male Rufous-cheeked Nightjars can be seen performing a courtship display in the air. This display involves flying up high and then diving down in a zigzag motion while making a distinctive 'whip-poor-will' call. The call of the Rufous-cheeked Nightjar is considered one of the most unique in the bird world.

The Rufous-cheeked Nightjar is not considered endangered, but its population has been declining due to habitat loss. Despite this, the bird is not commonly kept in captivity, and very few zoos or wildlife parks have them on display.

In conclusion, the Rufous-cheeked Nightjar is a fascinating bird that has evolved unique adaptations to survive in its tropical and subtropical habitat. With its distinctive plumage, nocturnal habits, and unique courtship calls, the bird is a fascinating subject of study for bird enthusiasts and experts alike.

Other names

Caprimulgus rufigena



Rufous-cheeked Nightjar

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