Chuck-will's-widow

ID Info
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Chuck-will's-widow

Antrostomus carolinensis
  • ORDER: Caprimulgiformes
  • FAMILY: Caprimulgidae
Basic Description

Listen at dusk and at night for the rolling, seemingly endless call of the Chuck-will’s-widow. If you are lucky and have a keen eye, by day they can be found resting motionless on the ground or on a horizontal branch. This is the largest nightjar in North America, but their dappled brown plumage makes them blend in perfectly to dry woodlands of the Southeast.

More ID Info
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Other Names
  • Chotacabras de la Carolina (Spanish)
  • Engoulevent de Caroline (French)
  • Cool Facts