common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 9 inches Wingspan: 23 inches
Very short bill
Blackish upperparts with gray and white patterning
Brown and white patterning on head and chest
Underparts with heavy dark bars
Dark wings with conspicuous pale patch midway out from bend in wing
Dark tail with thin white bars
Separated from all nightjars except nighthawks by the pale patch in the
wing. Lesser nighthawk is similar but tends to have its white patch farther
out (2/3 of the way from the bend of the wing) its wing. Antillean night-
hawk is somewhat buffier, but is probably not safely identified by sight in
the field. All three species are easily identified by call.
Migration Status:Neotropical migrant
Length of Incubation: 19 days
Days to Fledge:21
Number of Broods:?
Diet: Exclusively insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley