Whippoorwill – nocturnal bird
The whippoorwill is a North American nocturnal bird. It is named for its call “whip-poor-will.” These birds are in the same family as nightjars and nighthawks, and also related to owls.
Whippoorwills live in woodlands of southeastern Canada, eastern and southwestern United States, and Mexico.
They are about 24 centimeters long and have spotted brownish and grayish feathers. The bird has large eyes. Its mouth can open very wide to catch insects in flight.
A whippoorwill’s color helps it blend in well with the wood.
Goatsucker is the common name for nocturnal birds of the family Caprimulgidae. Ancient people believed that they sucked the milk from goats.
Most species are active mostly in dim light around dusk. Some species are active at night.
Many species live in Africa and south Asia.
Chuck-will’s-widow lives in pine forests of the southeastern United States.
The common nighthawk lives through all of the United States and much of Canada. It feeds on moths, beetles, ants, and other flying insects.
The poorwill of the western United States is the only species of bird that is known to hibernate.
The Puerto Rican nightjar is a rare species that only occurs on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.
These birds do not build nests. They are looking for a place on the ground and lay 2 eggs. Chicks are covered with fluff and can run.
Birds live for only 6 years.