Head-Body Length: 23-25 cm
Identification: The common nighthawk is generally blackish in color. It has long, pointed wings, a short tail with a shallow fork, a white band from halfway down the wing to the far tip, and black primaries. The throat patch of the nighthawk is triangular and white or buff in color. The male’s tail tip has a white band.
Habitat: Open woodlands, clearings, open scrub, mountains, rural and urban areas
Diet: Carnivore: flying insects
Reproduction:Nighthawks lay their eggs on bare open soil or on rooftops. The female incubates her two eggs for 19 days. After hatching, both parents help care for the young. The chicks can fly by the time they are 21 days old.
Behavior:Common nighthawks are active day and night, foraging on the wing.
Interesting Facts:Originally nesting on open ground, Common Nighthawks have learned to nest on flat gravel roofs; their nasal cries and “booming” display dives may be heard over many cities.
Geographic:Central North America Date:1967-03 Subjects: Common nighthawk
|Name||Common nighthawk, Chordeiles minor|
|Origin||North and Middle America|
|Size||22 – 24 cm|
|Clutch Size||2 eggs|
|Life span||4 to 5 years.|
|Reproduction||Nighthawks lay their eggs on bare open soil or on rooftops. The female incubates her two eggs for 19 days. After hatching, both parents help care for the young. The chicks can fly by the time they are 21 days old.|
|Colors||Common Nighthawks are well camouflaged in gray, white, buff, and black. The long, dark wings have a striking white blaze about two-thirds of the way out to the tip.|
Kingdom – Animalia
Phylum – Chordata
Class – Aves
Order – Caprimulgiformes
Family – Caprimulgidae
Genus – Chordeiles
Genus Species – Chordeiles minor