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Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Nightjars

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There are at least five different groups in the nightjar family seen in North America including the whip-poor-wills, Common Poorwill, Common Pauraque, Chuck-will's-widow, Buff-collared Nighjar and the nighthawks. The 9 bird species in this group are the Eastern Whip-poor-will, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Common Poorwill, Common Pauraque, Chuck-will's-widow, Buff-collared Nightjar, Common Nighthawk and the Lesser Nighthawk.

Nightjars can be identified by their calls which are different from one another. These calls usually start just before darkness and carry on into the night. All nightjars are insect eating birds and they catch most bugs on the fly.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds