|Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis)|
The Pauraque is one of the most common New World nightjars and is found from the south of the USA to the north of Argentina.
The song is one of the commonest night sounds in Brazil.
|It is normally found on the forest floor where its cryptic plumage fits in well with the colour of dead leaves. When it perches on a branch, it tends to perch length-wise which also helps its camouflage.
The male has a broad white band across the outermost primaries which is especially evident when flying. It also has white along the sides of the tail.
|The nest in the 4th photo was in a small clearing and the eggs were laid on the bare ground. The eggs are pinkish with buff blotches.|
|For a note on the origin of the name Pauraque see http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Auk/v065n01/p0129-p0130.pdf|