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Nyctidromus albicollis(Gmelin, 1789)
Common Name: common pauraque, pauraque, tapacamino comn, chotacabras pauraque

This species can be found in clearings, shrubby areas and second-growth woodlands.
This species was reported from Southern Texas and Mexico to Bolivia, northern Argentina, and southern Brazil.
Natural History Notes
This nightjar, as the name says it, is strictly nocturnal. When the sun goes down, you will hear them in open areas and during breeding season, the sound will resound loudly with a sound pattern like this: whe-wheeee-oo.

Conservation status according to IUCN 2008 Red list: Least Concern (LC).
The total length of this species varies between 24.13 cm and 27.94 cm (measured from tip of bill to end of tail). This nightjar species is characterized by rounded wings and a long rounded tail. The coloration pattern is composed of a brown background above with beige and grayish spots, with a grayish chin, a beige throat and the remaining underparts dark gray with stripes of beige. We can easily notice a large white band on the wings across the primaries (line of wing feathers furthest to the body) and also the side of the tail of a white coloration.
The female is similar but has a narrower white band on the wings and the white on the tail is present at the tip and not on the sides. At rest, we can see that the wings extend only half the length of the tail.

In Bocas Del Toro
Rio Culubre
Loma Partida
Compiled by
Zoe Joly-Lopez
IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Ridgely, Robert. S. and John. A. Gwynne. Jr. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama. Second Edition. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey. 534 p.

Wetmore, Alexander. 1968. The birds of the Republic of Panamá. Part 2. Columbidae (Pigeons) to Picidae (Woodpeckers). Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
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