Common Pauraque

Nyctidromus albicollis

The Common Pauraque lives along the Pacific and Gulf coasts of mainland Mexico, and south through much of northern South America. Only in south Texas will you find these birds in the USA. These birds remain on their territory all year and do not migrate.

Their piercing cries heard at night are unforgettable once you’ve heard them. During daylight hours, these birds will roost under low-hanging branches among leaf litter, and rely on their cryptic feathering for camouflage. It is surprisingly effective.

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