Scissor-tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis torquata) - HBW 5, p. 382
French: Engoulevent à queue en ciseaux
Spanish: Chotacabras Tijereta
Taxonomy: Caprimulgus torquatus J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Brazil.
Species name has normally been given as brasiliana, but this name is based on a drawing and a written description, and is not clearly identifiable as present species, indeed some points would appear to preclude this; torquata, proposed by same author on the following page of the same publication, was consistently used in Brazilian literature until 1966, and should be reinstated. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- torquata (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - S Surinam, EC Peru and Brazil.
- furcifera (Vieillot, 1817) - N & E Bolivia, S Brazil, Paraguay, N & C Argentina and Uruguay.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A male on the ground, at night Locality Cruce Caballero, Misiones Province, Argentina (ssp furcifera)
Anna Motis 22 August 2004 7 years ago 23 sec 4.6
A slow motion view of a female on the ground and flying away Locality Boa Nova, Bahia State, Brazil (ssp torquata)
Josep del Hoyo 18 January 2005 6 years ago 8 sec 4.5
An adult bird displaying near the nest Locality Ilha Comprida, São Paulo State, Brazil
Carlos Gussoni 7 October 2008 3 years ago 18 sec 4.2
Bird on the branch. Locality Arteaga, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Martin Manassero 10 November 2013 17 weeks ago 38 sec 4.1
One adult female perched. Locality Dourado, São Paulo State, Brazil
Carlos Gussoni 6 May 2013 44 weeks ago 17 sec 3.3
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It is an immature.
Locality São Paulo State, Brazil
Carlos Henrique 13 March 2010 3 years ago 4.2
Female perched on a Prosopis alba forest
Locality Arteaga, Santa Fe Province, Argentina (ssp furcifera)
Horacio Luna 10 November 2013 17 weeks ago 4.1
Individual adult male.
Locality Poconé, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Bruno Salaroli 7 July 2011 1 year ago 4
Locality Puerto Piracuacito, Santa Fe Province, Argentina (ssp furcifera)
Horacio Luna 29 December 2012 25 weeks ago 3.8
a male on the floor
Locality Tacuarembó Department, Uruguay (ssp furcifera)
Santiago Carvalho 3 December 2009 4 years ago 3.7
Locality Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil
Samantha Klein 16 December 2009 23 weeks ago 3.4