White-tailed nightjar

White-tailed nightjar

The White-Tailed Nightjar (Hydropsalis cayennensis) is found from Costa Rica to North Brazil. Its natural habits are open, windswept savannas, pastures, and low scrub. Matures are 21 cm (8 inches) in height and 40 g in weight.

This small bird is above grayish, vermiculated with dusky and buff. With pale rufous nuchal collar. Wing-coverts spotted and remiges barred with buff. Throat buffy-white, breast cinnamon-buff, belly pale buff, bill black, and feet grayish. It feeds on flying insects like beetles, bugs, moths, damselflies and hymenopterans.

Common Name: White-tailed nightjar
Scientific Name: Hydropsalis cayennensis
Bird Family:

Thinking of birding in Costa Rica?

Quetzal Route

FROM: $1180

Delight yourself watching quetzals and hummingbirds just a few meters away. Great chances to take pictures and learn from an experienced local guide.
Nunbird Route

FROM: $1454

Live this gorgeous expedition visiting both slopes of Costa Rica and witnessing the immense diversity that these offer you.
Macaw Route

FROM: $1588

Harboring around 850 species of birds and offering plenty of facilities for birdwatchers to have a pleasurable trip, Costa Rica posts among the best destinations in the world for this activity.