Common Nighthawk

(Chordeiles minor)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Forest openings, bogs, rocky outcroppings, beaches, gravel roofs

Migration: Anywhere with large numbers of insects

Size

8½ to 10 in length

24 wingspan


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Food

Mostly flying ants, beetles, and true bugs. Also moths, mayflies, caddisflies, flies, wasps, crickets, grasshoppers, and other insects.

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

Mid-April to mid-October


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Taxonomy

Order:

Caprimulgiformes (nightbirds)

 

Family:

Caprimulgidae (nightjars)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Anserri Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor aserriensis)

Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor neotropicalis)

Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor panamensis)

Florida Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor chapmani)

Howell’s Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor howelli)

Northern Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor minor)

Pacific Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor hesperis)

Sennett’s Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor sennetti)

Western Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor henryi)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Common Nighthawk
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  Have you heard the sound of the Common Nighthawk?
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Uploaded on Oct 1, 2011

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Macaulay Library Curator Greg Budney shares a close encounter he had with a Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) as it called & produced sizzling wing sounds just over his head.

 
     

 

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  Common Nighthawk - Antelope Island State Park
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Published on Jun 25, 2013

Common Nighthawk ( Chordeiles minor ) Filmed at Antelope Island State Park Utah on 6-10-2013 . I found this bird on a rock pile and had to climb on top of a rock to shoot little jitter in the video.

 
     
  Chordeiles minor
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Published on Mar 9, 2014

Chordeiles minor, Common Nighthawk

 
     
  Common Nighthawk
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Uploaded on Apr 26, 2009

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  Common Nighthawk
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Published on Aug 19, 2012

Mike Thelen discovered this Common NIghthawk perched upon a tree blowing in the wind at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis Missouri on 8/19/12. What a delight! Thanks Mike, this video is for you. There are some very intimate/private moments where the bird 'shats' in this video that are quite intriguing and highly recommended viewing.

 
     

 

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