Long-tailed nightjar. Male's outer tail feathers are white. They are reduced on females, but noticeable in flight. Wings also have a white band that is visible in flight.
Well-camouflaged, brown and gray nightjar. Feathers on the shoulder have buffy tips. Individuals in Texas and lower Rio Grande Valley are grayer than others.
Forages at dawn and dusk near clearings for insects. Rests on the ground and becomes "immobilized" in spotlights.
Throat patch, which is often very difficult to see, is buffy on females and white on males.
During the day roosts on forest floor where it is nearly invisible.
- Medium-sized to large nocturnal bird.
- Large-headed with a tiny bill. Tiny feet (rarely seen).
- Very well camouflaged, colored in browns, black, and gray.
- In flight, long, rounded wings with light bar near tip.
- Long, rounded tail.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to adult, but plumage generally more blurred.
Relative Sizebetween robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 11.0-11.8 in (28-30 cm)
- Weight: 1.9 oz (53 g)
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