Chordeiles is a New World genus of nighthawks in the family Caprimulgidae. It contains the following species:[1]

Common Nighthawk.JPG
Common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Subfamily: Chordeilinae
Genus: Chordeiles
Swainson, 1832


Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Bacurauzinho.jpg Chordeiles pusillus Least nighthawk northern South America
Chordeiles rupestris -Ucayali Region, Peru-8 (cropped).jpg Chordeiles rupestris Sand-coloured nighthawk Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela
Common Nighthawk (14428313550).jpg Chordeiles minor Common nighthawk northern North America.
Chordeiles acutipennis - Lesser Nighthawk.jpg Chordeiles acutipennis Lesser nighthawk United States through South America
Antillean Nighthawk (Chordeiles gundlachii); with distinctive white patch, resting in Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge, Puerto Rico.JPG Chordeiles gundlachii Antillean nighthawk the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas and the Florida Keys in the United States.
Nacunda nighthawk.jpg Chordeiles nacunda Nacunda nighthawk Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela

The genus name Chordeiles is from Ancient Greek khoreia, a dance with music, and deile, "evening".[2]


  1. ^ "ITIS Report: Chordeiles Swainson, 1832". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 23 February 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.