Buff-collared Nightjar

Antrostomus ridgwayi

Order

CAPRIMULGIFORMES

Family

Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae)

Code 4

BCNI

Code 6

CAPRID

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Buff-collared Nightjar is a terrestrial bird with a fairly large range of more than 600,000 square kilometers. It breeds in arid and dry forest habitats in south-eastern Arizona south through western Mexico to Nicaragua. Populations in the north and Mexican highlands are believed to winter in lowland areas of Mexico. The breeding population of the Buff-collared Nightjar is estimated at 2 million individuals, and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Buff-collared Nightjar: Small nightjar, mottled gray-brown upperparts, buff collar that appears lighter on dark throat, pale gray-brown underparts with dark brown bars. Tail is gray-brown with white corners. Legs and feet are black. Flight is silent and bouyant on flicking wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Buff-collared Nightjar: This species breeds from southeastern Arizona and extreme southwestern New Mexico south along the western coast to central Mexico. Northernmost birds migrate south into Mexico in non-breeding season. Its preferred habitats include dry, open woodlands, scrub, and thorny forest edges.

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Buff-collared Nightjar SONGS AND CALLS

Buff-collared Nightjar A1

Song is a series of rising, staccato "cuk-cuk-cuk" notes that ends with a "cuk-a-cheea".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Cu-cu-cu-cuc-cuc-cuc-uh-chee-ah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Active at night, this bird is usually only seen in the daytime when flushed from a hiding spot on the ground or from a nest site on the ground.
  • The Buff-collared nightjar is named for Robert Ridgway, a pioneering American ornithologist of the 1800s.
  • They fly with an mouth open to catch insects.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
GapeX
Also called commissure, it is the hinge where the mandibles meet.
Rictal bristlesX
The short and stiff feathers near the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X