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An insectivorous nocturnal bird (Nyctidromus albicollis) found from southern Texas through tropical Central and South America and having brown, black, and gray plumage with a white bib.

[American Spanish, perhaps from pauraque, huaraque, the name of a Native American people that once inhabited the Rio Grande region in Texas and northeast Mexico, or perhaps akin to dialectal Mexican Spanish (Rio Grande region) parruaca, pauraque, ultimately imitative of the bird's call.]
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Nyctidromus albicollis. Residente, habita en zonas boscosas, bordes, vegetacion secundaria, cafetales y areas abiertas.
We also did not consider 21 nighthawk (Nyctidromus albicollis Gmelin, 1789 and Nyctiprogne leucopyga Spix, 1825) nests, since it is nearly impossible to monitor the fledglings after they are born (Table 1).
We examined habitat preferences (river versus pond) of great horned owls (Bubo virginianus), eastern screech-owls (Megascops asio), elf owls, lesser nighthawks, common poorwills (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii), and common pauraques (Nyctidromus albicollis) by determining presence and absence for each species at each of the 19 sites (evaluated for each species using a two by two chi-square test).
(1) Nyctidromus albicollis frequently foraged from the road surface at dawn and dusk; one pair bred [less than]200 m from the study area.