AppearanceTschudi's nightjar is 20 to 21 cm long. Males weigh 28.5 to 35 g and females about 32 g. It is overall grayish brown with blackish speckles. The male has a broad tawny or cinnamon collar on the hindneck, a small white patch on the throat, white bands on the wing, and white bands and tips on the tail. The female's throat is buff, the bands on the wing are buff, and the tail usually has no white.
DistributionTschudi's nightjar is found along most of western Peru and extreme northern Chile. It inhabits the littoral and foothills in this arid landscape. It generally keeps to open country, clearings, and wooded edges though it is also found in urban areas including Lima, Peru. In Peru it ranges from sea level to 1,300 m but has been reported as high as 3,350 m in Chile.
StatusThe IUCN has assessed Tschudi's nightjar as being of Least Concern. It has a range estimated to be at least 200,000 km2, and though its population has not been quantified it is thought to be stable.
ReproductionThe breeding season of Tschudi's nightjar is thought to be from November or earlier to January. Essentially nothing else is known about its breeding phenology.
FoodNothing is known about Tschudi's nightjar's diet or feeding behavior.
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