Common Pauraque

Basic Description

The Common Pauraque is a nocturnal bird species that belongs to the nightjar family. It has soft plumage with intricate patterns and cryptic coloration, which allows it to blend in perfectly with its surrounding environment. The bird has large eyes, a small bill, and long wings that enable it to fly silently through the night sky.

Where To Find This Bird

The Common Pauraque is native to Central America, South America, Mexico, and the southern regions of Texas. It prefers dry habitats such as scrublands or open forests but can also be found in residential areas like parks and gardens as well.


Common Pauraques typically inhabit forests or shrubby savannas where there are trees for them to perch on during the day while they rest. They prefer arid environments since their camouflaging abilities are much more effective against barren grounds than dense vegetation.


These birds feed primarily on insects like moths, beetles, ants, termites and other flying insects which they catch while in flight close to the ground level. They have unique bristle-like feathers around their mouths that help them catch prey mid-flight much easier by funneling the bugs straight into their beaks.

Cool Facts

  1. Their call sounds like “whip-poor-will” but faster.
  2. Their eggs are laid directly onto bare ground.
  3. Pauraques will use distraction displays when threatened or disturbed – this involves pretending to have an injured wing so predators focus on attacking them rather than finding nearby nests filled with precious eggs!
  4. Males perform aerial displays at dusk (known as ‘booming’) near females they wish to mate with.
  5. Their breeding season varies depending on location and weather, but usually falls between March-August.

Overall, the Common Pauraque is a fascinating bird species that has adapted well to its environment. Their incredible camouflaging abilities, unique feeding habits and quirky traits make them an interesting subject of study for biologists and bird enthusiasts alike!