Common Nighthawk

General description.

The Common Nighthawk is a nocturnal bird that feeds on insects, catching them in flight. It can commonly be found in open forests and scrub vegetation foraging for food. Birds found in more urban areas are attracted to street lights because insects are easier to find there. This bird nests on bare soil and lays its eggs without any nest material. Like all nighthawks, if temperatures get too extreme in one location for the eggs to survive the female will carry the eggs or young to another, more suitable area. The Common Nighthawk is common but population are declining in areas on the continent.

Female appearance.

Similar to male, but the throat instead of white is buff and females do not have the white tail band that the males have.

Juvenile appearance.

The juvenile Common Nighthawk is paler than the adult.

Flight pattern.

Erratic darting with slow and steady wing beats.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

peeant or beant

Population and distribution.

Common but declining.

Nesting habits.

The Common Nighthawk nests on the ground and lays 2 white eggs in May or June.

Birds in the same Family:

Lesser Nighthawk Photo Lesser Nighthawk
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