pauraque

pauraque

[pou-rah-key; Spanish pou-rah-ke]
noun, plural pauraques [pou-rah-keyz; Spanish pou-rah-kes] .
a large, tropical American goatsucker, Nyctidromus albicollis.

Origin:
1905–10; presumably Hispanicized spelling of a word < a language of tropical America

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pauraque

(Nyctidromus albicollis), nocturnal bird of brushlands from southern Texas to northern Argentina. It is a relative of the nightjar (q.v.), belonging to the family Caprimulgidae. The pauraque is about 30 cm (about 12 inches) long, with rounded wings and a longish tail. It is mottled brown with a bold white bar on each wing; in the male the outer tail feathers are white.

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