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Buff-collared Nightjar

Caprimulgus ridgwayi

Buff-collared Nightjar
copyright Mike Danzenbaker
Length: 9 in. (23 cm)
A nocturnal species, this nightjar is related to Whip-poor-wills and similarly uses its large eyes and gaping mouth to hunt flying insects close to the ground. It is found in dry open woodlands, scrub and thorny forest edge. Spends much of its time sitting on the ground or low rocks. The nest and general biology of this species are poorly known. The four-digit banding code is BCNI.

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