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Lesser Nighthawk

(Chordeiles acutipennis)

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Mid-sized gray-brown bird with light and dark brown and black markings; whitish band on throat; light brown chest / belly with fine black bars; white or light-colored band on wings, seen in flight; male has white band on tail; to 23cm (9in). (Añapero Menor).


Lowlands of Pacific slope and along Caribbean coast; found on the ground or on low tree branches in more open areas, often near water - grasslands, pastures, beaches; active at night.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

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.

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis), Costa Rica