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WHITE-WINGED NIGHTJAR Eleothreptus candicans ENDANGERED CERRADO
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If there is one bird that is top of everybody┤s "must-see" list when they come to Paraguay its the White-winged Nightjar. Arguably the most beautiful member of its family, males are a sight to behold floating ghost-like through the Paraguayan night. Of the three known localities for this species on earth, two are in Paraguay, so there is no better place to come and look for this magnificent species!
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Gallery 1 - Adult Male
FIGURE 1a - (FPAVE1486PH) Adult male, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith September 2010).
FIGURE 1b - (FPAVE1487PH) Adult male, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Jonathan Newman October 2009).
FIGURE 1c - (FPAVE1488PH) Same individual as (FPAVE1487PH) frontal view  (Jonathan Newman October 2009).
FIGURE 1d - (FPAVE3074PH) Adult male, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Matt Denton October 2010).
FIGURE 1e - (FPAVE1489PH) Adult male dorsal, Aguara Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Rob Clay November 1997).
FIGURE 1f - (FPAVE1490PH) Adult male lateral, Aguara Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Arne Lesterhuis undated).
FIGURE 1g - (FPAVE1491PH) Adult male upperwing - partial albino with white P2, Aguara Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Rob Clay November 1997)
FIGURE 1h - (FPAVE1492PH) Adult male upperwing, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith November 2005).
FIGURE 1i - (FPAVE1498PH) Display mound, Aguara Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Arne Lesterhuis undated).
VIDEO A - (FPAVE1499VI) Adult male, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith September 2010).
Eleothreptus candicans
1 (FPAVE1501RE) Male wing sounds during display flight  recorded Aguara-Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Juan Mazar Barnett November 1997).
2 (FPAVE1502RE) Male wing sounds during display flight  recorded Aguara-Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Myriam Velßzquez December 2000).
3 (FPAVE1503RE) Calls  recorded Aguara-Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Myriam Velßzquez December 2000).
Click the link to hear the call. Longer versions of this call can be downloaded from the Paraguay page of our partner website Xeno-Canto - the largest collection of freely downloadable Neotropical bird calls available online.
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Gallery 2 - Adult females and juveniles
FIGURE 2a - (FPAVE1493PH) Adult female, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith November 2005).
FIGURE 2b - (FPAVE1494PH) Adult female upperwing, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith November 2005).
FIGURE 2c - (FPAVE3990PH) Adult female head, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Jon Smit January 2011).
FIGURE 2d - (FPAVE3991PH) Immature, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Karina Atkinson January 2013 - Para La Tierra).
FIGURE 2e - (FPAVE1495PH) Immature male upperwing, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro. Note growing white feathers in the wing tail (Paul Smith November 2005).
FIGURE 2f - (FPAVE1496PH) Juvenile, Aguara Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Arne Lesterhuis undated).
FIGURE 2g - (FPAVE1497PH) Fledglings, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro. These birds provided the first proof of breeding of the species at Laguna Blanca (Paul Smith November 2005).
VIDEO B - (FPAVE1500VI) Adult female, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith September 2006).