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Eastern Whip-poor-will -
(Caprimulgus vociferous) 



  • Medium size
  • Brown camouflage colors
  • Large head
  • 9.75" (25 cm.)


  • Deciduous woodland with little underbrush

Additional Information

  • Increasingly rare migrant, summer resident
  • Wisconsin species of special concern
  • Rarely seen, most often heard calling
  • Call is a high, loud whistle with a
         "whip-poor-will" sound, accent on "will"
  • Insect eater --forages at dusk, dawn,
         and in moonlight
  • Ground nester

Whip-poor-will on the ground 


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

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