Nesting of Lesser Nighthawks on beaches in El Salvador

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) Science Article 2


Distribution of the Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) in northern Central America is poorly understood (Howell and Webb 1995). We here present the first documentation of breeding for the species in El Salvador, as well as the hrst documentation of breeding in association with terns and plovers. On 4 June 1994 we found six Lesser Nighthawk nests near the mouth of the Rio Lempa, in the Dept. of San Vicente, El Salvador (13’15’N, 88’49’W). Lesser Nighthawks deposit their eggs on the bare ground (Bent 1940:246), here referred to as a ‘nest.’ The nighthawks appeared to have formed a breeding colony at the site, since extensive similar habitat nearby was devoid of the birds.

OLIVER KOMAR and WILFREDO RODRIGUEZ, Wilson Bull., 109(l), 1997, pp. 167-168

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