Nightjars

Chuck-will’s-widow

A chuck-will's widow sits on the ground among brown fallen leaves.

What Does a Chuck-will’s-widow Look Like? Chuck-will’s-widow is brown, black, and gray overall. Like other members of the goatsucker family (such as the common nighthawk and eastern whip-poor-will), this bird is most active at dawn and dusk, foraging and calling. Mostly inactive during the day, chucks usually perch lengthwise along a large tree branch. Their… Read more

Common Nighthawk

An adult common nighthawk sits in a tree.

What Does a Common Nighthawk Look Like? Despite its name, the nighthawk is not a hawk and is active both day and night. The common nighthawk is a long-winged, dark bird with characteristic white wing slashes. Its distinctive bounding flight helps to identify it from a distance as it forages over fields, towns, and woods… Read more

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