Rufous Nightjar (Antrostomus rufus)

Order: Apodiformes Family: Caprimulgidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult \ Sex: Female \ Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~26 cm (10.2 in). The Rufous Nightjar is overall rufous brown. The upperparts are vermiculated and interspersed with blackish spots and streaks. The throat and sides of the neck are dusky rufous. It has a thin rufous or buff collar. The wings are rufous brown without white or buff bands. The tail in the male is dusky brown with about a third of the bottom portion white in color. The Rufous Nightjar is very similar to the Silky-tailed Nightjar but is distinguished by being warmer rufous and having different vocalizations.

Status:   The Rufous Nightjar has a patchy distribution along the foothill of the Andes at elevations ranging between 300-1600 m. It is associated with dry and semi-open and also stunted forest habitats. The Rufous Nightjar also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Chotacabras Rufo.

Sub-species: Rufous Nightjar (Antrostomus rufus).

Meaning of Name: Antrostomus: Gr. Antron= cavern and stoma, stomatos= mouth. rufus: L. rufus=  red, ruddy, rufous.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.