Antillean Nighthawk

Chordeiles gundlachii

Order

CAPRIMULGIFORMES

Family

Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae)

Code 4

ANNI

Code 6

CHOGUN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Antillean Nighthawk has a rather small breeding range of 222,000 square kilometers. This bird species breeds in various habitats in the Florida Keys and on most Caribbean islands. Its wintering grounds are unknown. The global population of the Antillean Nighthawk is thought to include as many as 200,000 breeding birds. Due to the large range and population, this species has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Antillean Nighthawk: Large nightjar, buff to pale cinnamon-brown overall with fine, dark bars and conspicuous white throat. White patches on long, pointed wings visible in flight. Tail is long, slightly notched with white subterminal tail band. Bill is tiny, bordered with bristles. Mothlike flight, frequent changes of direction.


Range and Habitat

Antillean Nighthawk: Breeds in the Florida Keys, wandering further north during the summer; accidental visitor as far west as Louisiana and as far north as the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Probably winters in South America. Also occurs in West Indies. Prefers open and semi-open areas, including pastures, fields, savannas, and pine barrens.

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Antillean Nighthawk SONGS AND CALLS

Antillean Nighthawk A1

Calls and boom made by air rushing over primaries when pulling up from a display dive.

Antillean Nighthawk A2

Call is a nasal"pity-pit-pit" or "kady-kady-dit".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pity-pit-pit", "kady-dit, kady-dit, kady-dit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Antillean Nighthawk was once considered a form of the Common Nighthawk.
  • It migrates out of its breeding range after raising its young. It still remains unknown where they spend the winter.
  • They may be seen sitting on roads at night, first noticed by eyeshine.
  • A group of nighthawks are collectively known as a "kettle" of nighthawks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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GapeX
Also called commissure, it is the hinge where the mandibles meet.
Rictal bristlesX
The short and stiff feathers near the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X