Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Band-winged Nightjar (Caprimulgus longirostris) - HBW 5, p. 353

French: Engoulevent à miroir German: Spiegelnachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras Ñañarca
Other common names: Rufous-naped Nightjar (ruficervix)

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus longirostris Bonaparte, 1825, South America.
Race ruficervix has sometimes been treated as a separate species, but geographical variation in voice remains too poorly known to provide a clear picture of the relationships. Seven subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ruficervix (P. L. Sclater, 1866) - W & N Venezuela, W Colombia and Ecuador.
  • roraimae (Chapman, 1929) - Pantepui of S Venezuela.
  • atripunctatus (Chapman, 1923) - C & S Peru, C & SW Bolivia, NW Argentina and N Chile.

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  • ruficervix (P. L. Sclater, 1866) - W & N Venezuela, W Colombia and Ecuador.
  • roraimae (Chapman, 1929) - Pantepui of S Venezuela.
  • atripunctatus (Chapman, 1923) - C & S Peru, C & SW Bolivia, NW Argentina and N Chile.
  • decussatus Tschudi, 1844 - SW Peru and extreme N Chile.
  • bifasciatus Gould, 1837 - Chile and W Argentina.
  • longirostris Bonaparte, 1825 - SE Brazil, NW & C Paraguay, NE Argentina and Uruguay.
  • patagonicus Olrog, 1962 - C & S Argentina.