I his species lives in forest edges, secondary growth (regrown after clearance), and open scrub, nesting in more open areas. By day it rests on the gronnd or on a low branch, where, in typical nightjar fashion, it perches lengthwise, crouching so that its fl^h ^ tapering outline looks like a projection on the branch. It hunts by night, in low, patrolling flight or by darting out from a perch, to seize flying insects such as beetles, moths, and fireflies. In flight, a white patch is revealed on each blunt-tipped wing. The Pauraque often rests on roads at night. The nan of this bird imitates its "pur-wheee" call.

• NEST A natural, shallow hollow in tin ground, close to low-growing plants.

• Distribution Prom

S. Texas and Mexico south to Bolivia. Brazil, and N.E. Argentina.


Femali Tail camouflage against dead leaves white tail stripe of male •

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VhalaenoptHus nuttaHii

camouflage plumage

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