Caprimulgidae – Nightjars & Allies

Antrostomus Arizonae – Mexican Whip-Poor-Will

In the southwestern United States, Mexico, and northern Central America, the Mexican whip-poor-will, known in Latin as Antrostomus arizonae is a medium-sized nightjar found in the Antrostomus Caprimulgidae family. Quick Overview: Antrostomus Arizonae – Mexican Whip-Poor-WillBody size: Around 9-10 in (23-25 cm) and a weight of 57 g (2 oz)Main colors: Gray-Brown, Black, BrownRange: Southwest […]

Antrostomus Vociferus – Eastern Whip-Poor-Will

In North America, the eastern whip-poor-will, Antrostomus vociferus is a medium-sized nightjar about 22–27 cm in length. The whip-poor-will may be heard often across its habitat, although it is less frequently observed due to its concealment. It is titled onomatopoeically after the song that inspired it. Quick Overview: Latin Name – Common NameBody size: Around […]

Antrostomus Carolinensis – Chuck-Will’s-Widow

Known as the chuck-will’s-widow, Antrostomus carolinensis is a nocturnal bird belonging to the nightjar family Caprimulgidae, which includes the nightjars of North and South America. It may be found in the southeastern United States, among marshes, rocky uplands, and pine woodlands, among other habitat types. It travels to the West Indies, Central America, and northwestern […]

Phalaenoptilus nuttallii – Common Poorwill

The common poorwill, Phalaenoptilus nuttallii is a nightjar in the family of Caprimulgidae. It ranges from British Columbia and southern Alberta to northern Mexico. Dry open plains with grasses or bushes, or rocky desert slopes with minimal vegetation. Many northern birds winter in central and western Mexico, however, others stay farther north. Quick Overview: Phalaenoptilus […]

Chordeiles Minor – Common Nighthawk

Known as Lesser nighthawks, Chordeiles minor is smaller, crepuscular birds of the Americas. Coloration and patterning make this bird difficult to recognize throughout the day. This bird’s flight is bouncy and erratic. A little beak hides the big mouth of this flying insectivore. Some call them owls. It is horizontal. Quick Overview: Chordeiles Minor – […]

Chordeiles Acutipennis – Lesser Nighthawk

In North America, the Chordeiles acutipennis or commonly known as Lesser nighthawk is a nightjar. Flushed adults may confuse intruders or protect the nest location from aerial attack. Before fleeing, young birds expand their jaws and stretch their wings to appear frightening and larger than they are. Quick Overview: Chordeiles Acutipennis – Lesser NighthawkBody size: […]

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