Puerto Rican Nightjar

The Puerto Rican Nightjar (Caprimulgus noctitherus), is a very rare bird found in the coastal dry scrub forests in localized areas of southwestern Puerto Rico. It was first described from bones found in cave deposits and a single specimen taken in 1888. Thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1961.

The current population is estimated to be between 1,400 and 2,000 mature birds and expected to be stable as long as the habitat is not altered and introduced predators such as mongooses, rats and cats are controlled.

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