Band-tailed Nighthawk (Nyctiprogne leucopyga)

The Band-tailed Nighthawk bird, also known as the lesser Nighthawk, is a unique and fascinating bird species that can be found in various parts of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. These birds are known for their distinct appearance, behavioral patterns, and habitat preferences.

Band-tailed Nighthawk birds are typically small to medium-sized, measuring between 20 to 25 cm in length. They possess dark brown to black plumage, with a glossy sheen that gives them a striking appearance in the sunlight. They also have slim bodies, long wings, and a short tail with white markings, which are distinctive features that make them easy to identify.

While the Band-tailed Nighthawk bird is primarily a nocturnal species, they can also be seen flying during the day, especially during their feeding or breeding season. They are insectivorous, feeding primarily on insects, especially moths and beetles. They hunt by flying slowly over an area, making use of their keen eyesight to spot their prey on the ground.

Band-tailed Nighthawk birds are solitary creatures, preferring to live alone or in small groups. They are also known for their unique vocalizations, including a soft call that they make when flying at night. They build their nests on the ground, using small twigs and leaves, and lay a single egg at a time.

Band-tailed Nighthawk birds face numerous threats to their survival, including habitat loss and degradation due to human activities such as logging and agriculture. They are also hunted for their meat and feathers, which are in high demand in some regions. Due to these threats, the population of Band-tailed Nighthawk birds is declining rapidly, and they are now considered a vulnerable species.

Conservation efforts are underway to protect the Band-tailed Nighthawk bird and their habitat. Laws have been put in place to restrict hunting and regulate human activities in areas where these birds are found. It is also crucial to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of protecting these unique and beautiful birds. Overall, the Band-tailed Nighthawk bird is a valuable species that plays an essential role in maintaining the ecological balance of their ecosystem.

Other names

Nyctiprogne leucopyga



Band-tailed Nighthawk

enganyapastors cuabarrat



tamnogrli leganj

lelek pruhoocasý




Engoulevent leucopyge


Succiacapre codabarrata


dryžauodegis lėlys


lelkowiec amazoński


Ленточный козодой

Trakorepi leganj

lelek pásochvostý

Añapero colibandeado

bandstjärtad nattskärra

Bant Kuyruklu Gecedoğanı

анаперо смугастохвостий


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