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Common Pauraque Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A fairly large nightjar, with a long tail, long, rounded wings, small head, and large eyes.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Common Nighthawk, smaller than a Chuck-will’s-widow.

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.0-11.8 in (28-30 cm)
      • Weight: 1.9 oz (53 g)

Regional Differences

Ornithologists have recognized up to six subspecies between Texas (subspecies merrilli) and Argentina (subspecies derbyanus) that differ only subtly in size and tones of plumage.