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IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

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.


  • Calls
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Call a loud "Chuck-will's-widow," with the first "chuck" being quiet and inaudible at a distance.

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