Common Pauraque, Nyctidromus albicollis

Common Pauraque
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 in South Texas 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 can be seen with some effort at the left side of the picture. On the right, the fully visible long whitish tail feather means that the bird is a male, and has dropped its dark outer tail feather.