White-winged Nightjar (Eleothreptus candicans)

The White-winged Nightjar is a unique species of bird that belongs to the Caprimulgidae family. This bird is found in Central and South America, with its range stretching from eastern Panama to Brazil, northern Argentina, and Uruguay. They are primarily found in forested areas, savannas, and grassland habitats.

The White-winged Nightjar bird has a distinct appearance that makes them stand out from other nightjars. They have a dark brown plumage, with a white stripe running down the center of their breast and belly. The most notable feature of this bird is its bright white wings, which are visible when they fly at night. Interestingly, the wings only appear white due to the reflection of moonlight.

The White-winged Nightjar is a nocturnal bird and is rarely seen during the day. They are most active at dawn and dusk when they come out to hunt for insects, which make up most of their diet. They are known to be particularly attracted to moths, beetles, and flying ants. Due to their nocturnal habits, they have large eyes that help them see in the dark.

This bird is not known to be too vocal, and the male bird uses song during the mating season to attract a mate. They can be heard making low-pitched trills, clicks, and whistles, which are often difficult to hear amid the sounds of the forest.

Despite their wide range, these birds are not common, and they are considered to be Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation, degradation of their habitat, and hunting.

In conclusion, the White-winged Nightjar is a fascinating species of bird that has many unique characteristics. Their nocturnal habits, white wings, and primarily insect-based diet make them a crucial part of the ecosystem. However, their conservation status is a concern, and it is critical to protect their habitat and ensure the survival of this remarkable bird.

Other names

Eleothreptus candicans



White-winged Nightjar

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