Scissor-tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis torquata)
(aka Hydropsalis brasiliana)
Female Scissor-tailed Nightjar, Emas, Goiás, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image Emas National Park, Goiás, Brazil
April 2001

The Scissor-tailed Nightjar is found in a variety of habitats ranging from forest to cerrado to urban parks.

It is found in Brazil mainly south of the Amazon River, and in Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina.

The male has extremely long outer tail feathers which can be longer than its body and are whitish in colour. This female still has a longish tail and she also shows the distinctive rufous collar round the back of the neck.

There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 5, Pages 308 and 380; and Sick, Plate 19.

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