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There are two types of nighthawks seen in Cuba. These are the Common Nighthawk and the Antillean Nighthawk. The Antillean Nighthawk is the most common of the two. The Common Nighthawk is found more so in the northern part of North America and is a migrant. The Antillean Nighthawk covers the smallest range and is only seen in the Florida Keys and is much more common in the Caribbean islands.
The nighthawks are insect eaters and are usually seen in the evening and early morning skies when the insects are more active. With their long wings, these birds put on an aerobatic display like no other bird can. At one time these birds were far more common in towns and cities but this has changed over the last thirty years or so for various reasons.