(aka Caprimulgus hirundinaceus)
Brazilian name: Bacurauzinho-da-caatinga
Nova, Ceará, Brazil
October 2008 The Pygmy Nightjar is distributed in the caatinga of the interior of north-east Brazil from Ceará and southern Piauí south to central Bahia. It perches on sand or rocky outcrops where it is very well camouflaged.
These photos are of the subspecies N.
h. cearae which is paler than the nominate subspecies found
further south. As its name suggests it is a smallish
We found two nests or rather scrapes in the
sand or in a hollow of the rocks. Photo 4 shows a bird just
returning to sit on its egg. The clutch seems to be of a single
egg. Curiously, the birds sit on their eggs to keep them cool
during the heat of the day.
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