whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 9 inches
Very short bill
Medium length tail
Upperparts mottled heavily with gray, black, and brown
Underparts pale with gray and black mottling
White patch borders lower margin of black throat
White tips to the outer tail feathers
Buff patch borders lower margin of throat
Buff tips to the outer tail feathers
Separated from nighthawks by the lack of a pale patch in the wing.
Common poorwill is smaller and its wings extend to the tail at rest.
Chuck-will's-widow is significantly larger and longer tailed, is overall
a rich brown rather than gray, and has a buff (rather than black)
throat. All nightjars are easily identified by their distinctive songs.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 2
Length of Incubation: 19-20 days
Days to Fledge: 20
Number of Broods: 1, occasionally 2
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 Acc
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Calendar of Events
Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley