Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor

Also known as: Bullbats

23-25 cm (9-10") Common and widespread. Open woodlands, urban areas. Sits lengthwise on limbs. Often seen in evenings catching flying insects with swift and fluttery flight. Nests on flat-topped buildings. Active day and night.

Brown, gray, and white mottled above, light with dark barring below; long, pointed wings with bold white patches; tail slightly forked.

Hollow booming sound made by male in courtship display flight.

Song: a nasal "peent".


Distribution Maps

Common Nighthawk distribution map
Common Nighthawk distribution map