Nightjars

Chuck-will’s-widow

Chuck-will's widow

Look For 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, and their cryptic coloration camouflages… See details »

Common Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk (Photo: Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren / Wikimedia)

Look for 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 can be used to identify it from a distance as it forages over fields, towns, and woods. Nighthawks belong to… See details »

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