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Common Nighthawk -
(Chordeiles minor) 



  • Medium size, grey-brown camouflage colors
  • Large head
  • Long pointed wings
  • Underside of wing has dark bar near the end
  • 9.5" (24 cm.)


  • Woodland, urban areas

Additional Information

  • Common migrant, fairly common
         summer resident
  • Nests on the ground
  • May use urban buildings with flat
         gravel roofs for nesting
  • Nocturnal, sometimes heard at night
         over towns, calling while hunting
         insects call --nasal buzz
  • Often seen in large numbers during fall  
    migration --late August and September

Common night hawk resting on a branch

Common Nighthawk in flight 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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