8 1/2-10" (21-25 cm). Long notched tail and long, slim, pointed wings with conspicuous white band. Dark with mottled brown, gray, and white above and below; paler below. Male has a white throat patch and white subterminal tail band. Female is browner with a buffy throat and no tail band.
Similar Species- Lesser Nighthawk
A short, nasal call, peent or spee-ik.
Breeds from southern Canada south to Panama. Winters throughout South America.
Feeds on flying insects (e.g., mosquitoes, moths, beetles, flies, and caddisflies).
Nests on ground, occasionally on rooftop or in old robin's nest. Forages at night or during day (most active during early morning and evening and at night). Catches insects high in air or close to ground.
Female incubates 2 eggs for about 19 days. Nestlings are semi-precocial, are tended by both parents, and become independent in about 30 days.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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