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Puerto Rican Nightjar

Antrostomus noctitherus

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Identification

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A nocturnal species of dry mature woodlands with open understory and dense leaf litter. Hunts by “flycatching” from tree limbs and roosts on tree limbs, parallel to limb, and on ground. The similar Chuck-will’s-widow has a rustier tail without the white tail tip seen on Puerto Rican Nightjar. Nighthawk species have a white slash on outer wing, most easily seen in flight, that the Puerto Rican Nightjar lacks. Heard more often than seen, this species’ song is a repeated, burry “whip, whip, whip, whip…” or “weep, weep, weep, weep…”

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