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Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor


Common Nighthawks are about 22 to 24 cm in length, have large mouths and eyes, and are well camouflaged being heavily patterned. Tails are slightly forked and wings are long and slender. Males have a white throat patch and tail band. Females do not have a tail band and are more buff-colored on the throat.


They are found across North America and south into South America. They range widely across many different habitats.

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KarenL 11 years ago


CindyBinghamKeiser 11 years ago

Your photo's are wonderful! Thank you for sharing :)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Cindy, Ha! That is the second time I've done that...grin. Thanks for noticing and letting me know. I've deleted the old one.

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Very beautiful bird and great photo!

CindyBinghamKeiser 11 years ago

Gorgeous! Is this the same bird as your other spotting If so, you can combine them.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Yes, and the whip-poor-will range is further to the east, although not by much. They really are very gorgeous birds. Once while backpacking in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness, I nearly stepped on a ground-nesting nighthawk. Made my hair stand on end....grin. This particular bird sat on this post hoping its cryptic coloration would hide it, but, of course, it was pretty obvious.

SarahWhitt 11 years ago

Hi Gordon....awesome photo of this bird!
I am amazed how similar it looks to the whippoorwill; however, I was able to listen to the sound of the nighthawk & their "voices" are totally different.

Saber 11 years ago


Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 4, 2010
Submitted on Feb 25, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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