Buff-collared Nightjar

Antrostomus ridgwayi

Order

CAPRIMULGIFORMES

Family

Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae)

Code 4

BCNI

Code 6

CAPRID

ITIS

Egg Color:

Pale buff, heavily spotted with brown and lavender



Number of Eggs:

1 - 2



Incubation Days:

21



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

On ground.



Nest Material:

Dried leaves.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Buff-collared Nightjar: Small nightjar with mottled gray-brown upperparts, buff collar that appears lighter on dark throat, and pale gray-brown underparts with dark brown bars. Tail is gray-brown with white corners. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Buff-collared Nightjar: One or two brown and lavender spotted, pale buff eggs are laid on dried leaves or bare ground in the shade. Female incubates eggs for about 21 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Buff-collared Nightjar: Feeds on insects; catches food on the wing, mostly at night.

Vocalization

Buff-collared Nightjar: Song is a staccato "cu-cu-cu-cuc-cuc-cuc-uh-chee-ah."

Similar Species

Buff-collared Nightjar: Whip-poor-will is darker with bolder pattern of spots, bars, and vermiculations, lacks collar, and has different voice.

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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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X