Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Ladder-tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis climacocerca) - HBW 5, p. 382

French: Engoulevent trifide German: Staffelschwanz-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras de Escalera

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus climacocercus Tschudi, 1844, Peru.
Validity of races intercedens, pallidior and canescens questionable, as all three occur along a 120-km stretch of the lower Amazon between Obidos and Santarém, and all remain virtually unknown. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • schomburgki P. L. Sclater, 1866 - E Venezuela and the Guianas.
  • climacocerca (Tschudi, 1844) - SE & E Colombia to S Venezuela, and S to N & E Bolivia.
  • intercedens Todd, 1937 - NC Brazil: known only from type locality at Obidos in W Pará.

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  • schomburgki P. L. Sclater, 1866 - E Venezuela and the Guianas.
  • climacocerca (Tschudi, 1844) - SE & E Colombia to S Venezuela, and S to N & E Bolivia.
  • intercedens Todd, 1937 - NC Brazil: known only from type locality at Obidos in W Pará.
  • pallidior Todd, 1937 - NC Brazil: known only from type locality at Santarém in W Pará.
  • canescens Griscom & Greenway, 1937 - NC Brazil: known only from lower Tapajós in W Pará.
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