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    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.

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    Other Names
    • Tapacaminos de Carolina (Spanish)
    • Engoulevent de Caroline (French)
    • Cool Facts