Common Poorwill

I his small nightjar has a dumpy look, being short and rounded in both wings and tail. A two-syllable whistled "poor-will" call, with a barely audible third note, gives the bird its name. Being nocturnal, the Common Poorwill is more often heard than seen. By day it rests on the ground, in desert sagebrush, dry scrub, or open pinewood. At night it hunts flying insects, either cruising low above the ground or perching on the ground, on a rock, or a low branch, to watch and fly out to intercept its prey. When nesting, it relies on camouflage for protection.

• NEST A slight depression on the ground.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds in W. Canada and USA. Winters as far south as C. Mexico.

• REMARK One bird was found, in several successive years, apparently hibernating in a rock crevice in S.W. I ISA.

camouflage plumage

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