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    Chuck-will's-widow Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The surprisingly large Chuck-will’s-widow has a huge flat head and long wings. It's significantly larger than Common Nighthawk and Whip-poor-will.

      Relative Size

      Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 11.0-12.6 in (28-32 cm)
        • Weight: 2.3-6.6 oz (66-188 g)
        • Wingspan: 22.8-24.0 in (58-61 cm)