Common Poorwill

Owls and Nightjars

Common Poorwill

Phalaenoptilus nuttallii

Summer

Owls and Nightjars

Common Poorwill

Common Poorwill

Like all nightjars, this species is seldom seen during the day and at night it is mostly identified by its night cry in arid hills, a repeated ‘poor-will’.  It has short legs and rounded wings and jumps from the ground to catch nocturnal insects.

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