White-tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis cayennensis)

The White-tailed Nightjar, scientifically known as Caprimulgus cayennensis, is a species of nightjar found in the northern parts of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. It is a medium-sized bird with a wingspan of around 19 inches and weighs between 50 to 68 grams, with the males being slightly smaller than females.

As the name suggests, the White-tailed Nightjar has a distinctive white tail with black bands and spots, making it easy to identify in the wild. Their body is typically brown with a mottled pattern, which allows them to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings, especially during the day when they are resting.

This bird species is primarily nocturnal and is known to be most active at dawn and dusk when they forage for food. They feed mainly on insects, including moths, beetles, and grasshoppers, which they catch while in mid-air.

The White-tailed Nightjar has a unique and distinctive call, which is similar to a sharp whistle and can be heard throughout the night. The bird is well-adapted to its habitat, and its coloring and behavior make it well-camouflaged and challenging to spot during daylight hours, further adding to its mystique.

Like many other bird species, the White-tailed Nightjar faces several threats and challenges, including habitat loss due to deforestation and human encroachment, hunting, and predation by feral and domestic animals. In some parts of its range, the bird is considered rare or endangered, and conservation efforts are underway to protect its natural habitat and populations.

In conclusion, the White-tailed Nightjar is a fascinating bird species found in the tropical zones of the Caribbean, Central, and South America. Its stunning appearance and unique behavior make it a favorite of bird enthusiasts and ecotourists. However, conservation efforts are necessary to protect this vulnerable species from the threats that it faces in its natural habitat.

Other names

Hydropsalis cayennensis



White-tailed Nightjar

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