Buff-collared Nightjar

Caprimulgus ridgwayi
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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.

Mesquite bosque

Riparian / River forest
Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Buff-collared Nightjar
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: February 23, 2024
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