Can you ID this bird, please

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QOn a hol­i­day last De­cem­ber I took the at­tached photo and I am not sure what it is. It was taken in Santa Rossa Na­tional Park, Costa Rica. Is it one of the nighthawks or pau­raque, or night­jar? R Quin­ton

AWe think it’s a Com­mon Nighthawk. Com­mon Pau­raque doesn’t show the pale bar on the pri­maries when its wings are folded, while nighthawks do. Com­mon Nighthawks are, as their name sug­gests, com­mon and wide­spread in Cen­tral Amer­ica, and they can show con­sid­er­able vari­a­tion in colour (de­pend­ing on which breeding pop­u­la­tion a bird comes from). The other pos­si­bil­ity would be Lesser Nighthawk, but we would ex­pect one to look greyer.

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