Common Pauraque, Nyctidromus albicollis


Common Pauraque, 2/28/11, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, TX
Like other goatsuckers, the Common Pauraque sleeps during the day; this one took advantage of its camouflage plumage to sleep in undergrowth just a few feet off a much-used path, where a helpful ranger at Estero Llano Grande Park showed it to me. If it hadn't been pointed out, I never would have noticed it. The closed left eye and the small bill surrounded by bristles are visible at the left side of the picture. On the right, the fully visible long white tail feather means that the bird is a male, and has dropped its dark outer tail feather.