Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Ocellated Poorwill (Nyctiphrynus ocellatus) - HBW 5, p. 345

French: Engoulevent ocellé German: Augennachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras Ocelado

Taxonomy: Caprimulgus ocellatus Tschudi, 1844, Peru.
Until recently considered conspecific with N. rosenbergi, but differs vocally and may not even be closely related. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lautus W. deW. Miller & Griscom, 1925 - NE Nicaragua, NW Costa Rica and possibly Panama (Canal Zone); recently discovered breeding in extreme E Honduras.
  • ocellatus (Tschudi, 1844) - CS Colombia, NE Ecuador and E Peru to E Brazil and S through Bolivia and Paraguay to NE Argentina and extreme S Brazil.