Common Pauraque

Nyctidromus albicollis

Order

CAPRIMULGIFORMES

Family

Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae)

Code 4

COPA

Code 6

NYCALB

ITIS

Egg Color:

Buff to pale pink with small red brown spots



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

19 - 20



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

On bare ground near a bush or a tree.



Nest Material:

No nest materials.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Common Pauraque: Medium-sized nightjar with dark-streaked, mottled gray upperparts, white throat, black chin, rufous face, and pale gray- brown underparts. Wings are brown- and black-barred with white band at base of primaries visible in flight. Long tail is gray with dark edges and white patches on outside of tip. Female has browner wing and tail patches.

Range and Habitat

Common Pauraque: South of Texas Common Paraques are residents, in the lowlands of both coasts of Mexico and Central America and in South America south to Peru in the west and northwest Argentina in the east. Breeding range extends from southern Texas to the lower Paraná River region. Most are all-year residents. Found in semi-open scrub country with thickets and woodland clearings.

Breeding and Nesting

Common Pauraque: Two buff to pale pink eggs, marked with small red brown spots, are laid on the bare ground near a bush or tree. Incubation ranges from 19 to 20 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Common Pauraque: Feeds on insects; forages in flight close to ground; sometimes forages on the ground.

Vocalization

Common Pauraque: Song is a loud, whistled "puc, puc, puc, puc p'weeEER" or "who-who-who-are-you?" Call is "wheet wheet wheeeer."

Similar Species

Common Pauraque: Common and Lesser nighthawks have long pointed wings, long, notched tails, and different voices.

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X