Ladder-tailed Nightjar Hydropsalis climacocerca

Brazilian name: acurana

Male Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil
December 2006

The Ladder-tailed Nightjar is distributed in the Amazon Basin where it is found in a wide variety of habitats but is usually seen close to a river.

Male Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image The most obvious feature in the male, seen here in photos 1 and 2, is the relatively long, W-shaped tail, with conspicuous white markings and a prominent white patch on the outer primaries. The female in photos 3 and 4 is duller with cinnamon replacing the white on the primaries and tail.
Female Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image Although nocturnal, Ladder-tailed Nightjars are often seen roosting during the day on gravel bars or dead trees overhanging a river. They seem to live in pairs rather than flocks. There is a recording on xeno-canto.
Female Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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