Blackish Nightjar Nyctipolis nigrescens
(aka Caprimulgus nigrescens)

Brazilian name:
bacurau-de-lajeado
Blackish Nightjar, Rio Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image The Blackish Nightjar is found in the Amazon Basin where it prefers rocky outcrops or forest clearings. Although nocturnal, it can be found roosting on rocks during the day.

It is fairly small at 20 cm (8") and is very dark. The narrow white collar on the lower throat tends to be smaller in the female and the female also lacks the white tips on the outer tail feathers shown by the male.

Blackish Nightjar, Thaimaçu, Pará, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image

Photo 5 shows a bird that had just left its nest. Blackish Nightjar do not build a nest but lay their single egg on bare ground, leaf litter or a depression in granite rock. It fledges after about 14 days and this bird was fluttering around the lodge building at Cristalino closely watched by a parent, probably the female, shown here in photo 4.

Blackish Nightjar, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 5, Page 352; and Hilty & Brown, Plate XI.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.

Blackish Nightjar, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Fledgling Blackish Nightjar, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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