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Common Pauraque Life History


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Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

No nest structure; eggs laid on ground or fallen leaves.

Nesting Facts

Egg Description:Buff with some spotting. Conspicuous.
Condition at Hatching:Downy, can move around.
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Behavior Aerial ForagerBack to top


Conservation Low ConcernCommon Pauraque are common and widespread. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 20 million with 4% living in Mexico, and rates then a 7 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. They may also be found in very southern areas of Texas. They are not on the 2016 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


Latta, Steven C. and Christine A. Howell. (2015). Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, USA.

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