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 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 38 sec 4.1
One adult female perched. Locality Dourado, São Paulo State, Brazil
Carlos Gussoni 6 May 2013 30 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 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 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 11 weeks ago 3.8
a male on the floor
Locality Tacuarembó Department, Uruguay (ssp furcifera)
Santiago Carvalho 3 December 2009 3 years ago 3.7
Locality Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil
Samantha Klein 16 December 2009 9 weeks ago 3.4