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 6 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 5 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 2 years ago 18 sec 4
One adult female perched. Locality Dourado, São Paulo State, Brazil
Carlos Gussoni 6 May 2013 5 weeks ago 17 sec 3.3
It is an immature.
Locality São Paulo State, Brazil
Carlos Henrique 13 March 2010 3 years ago 4.2
Individual adult male.
Locality Poconé, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Bruno Salaroli 7 July 2011 38 weeks ago 4
Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil
oleicfrisbee 14 June 2009 3 years ago 3.4
a male on the floor
Locality Tacuarembó Department, Uruguay (ssp furcifera)
Santiago Carvalho 3 December 2009 3 years ago 3.4
A bird on the ground by night
Locality Transpantaneira Road, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Aleix Comas 24 August 2008 3 years ago 2.7