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(Nyctidromus albicollis)

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Mid-sized brown bird with fine brown mottling and black spots or streaks; whitish band on throat; light brown chest / belly with fine black bars; longish tail with white stripes in male, white tips in female; white or light-colored band on wings, seen in flight; to 28cm (11 in). (Tapacaminos Común, Cuyeo).


Low, middle, and some higher elevation sites, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found resting on the ground during the day in shady spots in grasslands, pastures, open woodlands, forest edges; active at night.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Palo Verde National Park.
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis), Costa Rica