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Rufous-bellied Nighthawk

Lurocalis rufiventris

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A nighthawk of forests and clearings in the subtropical zone of the Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. Rather chunky and short-tailed, with intricately patterned upperparts (usually including big white patches in the scapulars) and a tawny-rufous belly. In flight, looks big-headed with rather broad, angular wings and a fairly short, squared-off tail. Usually seen at dusk flying over cloud forest, but can also be seen roosting during the day on horizontal branches (if you’re lucky!) Similar to Short-tailed Nighthawk but found at higher elevations.

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