Birds of Colombia

    CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae (Nightjars)  
Genus: Lurocalis (2 species, 2 worldwide)

Rufous-bellied Nighthawk
Rufous-bellied Nighthawk (Lurocalis rufiventris)
Paz de las Aves, Ecuador  
Photograph by Mark A. Harper     Copyright and usage info

Large nighthawk mostly seen at dawn and dusk above the canopy chasing insects like a bat (ProAves et al.). Belly and inside of wings rufous.

Short-tailed Nighthawk
Short-tailed Nighthawk (Lurocalis semitorquatus)
Intervales State Park, São Paulo State, Brazil  
Photograph by Brendan Ryan     Copyright and usage info

Similar to the Rufous-bellied Nighthawk, but found at lower altitudes, and inside of wings and belly barred. Also chases insects over the canopy. Sleeps in trees, and nests in trees (Cornell).

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