Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor

Order

CAPRIMULGIFORMES

Family

Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae)

Code 4

CONI

Code 6

CHOMIN

ITIS

HEAD

Common Nighthawk Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: All-purpose
  • Eye Color: Dark brown.
  • Head pattern: Streaked, Eyering, Spotted, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Dark gray-brown with tiny white spotting.
  • Forehead Color: Dark gray-brown with tiny white spotting.
  • Nape Color: Dark gray-brown with tiny white spotting.
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Common Nighthawk Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
  • Weight: 62 g (2.2 oz)
  • Size: Small (5 - 9 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray
  • Underparts: Black and white barred.
  • Upperparts: Dark gray-brown with tiny white spotting.
  • Back Pattern: Mottled
  • Belly Pattern: Barred or banded
  • Breast Pattern: Spotted or speckled, Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Common Nighthawk Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Slow steady wing beats., Darting flight on long pointed wings with erratic twists and turns and changes of direction.
  • Wingspan Range: 53-61 cm (21-24 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings, Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Notched Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Banded
  • Upper Tail: Black and white barred.
  • Under Tail: Black and white barred.
  • Leg Color: Gray-brown
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Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X