French: Engoulevent bois-pourri German: Schwarzkehl-Nachtschwalbe Spanish: Chotacabras cuerporruín norteño
Other common names:
Whip-poor-will (when lumped with A. arizonae)
SC & SE Canada and EC & E USA; winters from SE USA through Mexico to N Central America.
22–27 cm; male 43–63·7 g, female 44·5–61·2 g. Sexually dimorphic. Upperparts greyish brown streaked blackish brown, broadly so on... read more
Song of male is a whistled “whip, pr-will” or “whip, pr-weeea”, last note... read more
All types of forest and open woodland, especially of oak or mixed pine and oak, but also accepts a... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on moths, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, mosquitoes, caddisflies, locusts, ants and possibly worms. Volume of insect species... read more
Generally breeds May–Jul, but begins late Apr in Ohio and Maryland; breeding often synchronized with moon phases. Often double-... read more
Migratory, arriving on S breeding grounds by late Mar (exceptionally early Mar) and on N by mid May... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally very common to locally abundant throughout much of range, though decreasing in many regions in N. Declining in some areas in Ontario;... read more
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