Merlin

Common Poorwill Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A small, compact bird with a large head for its size. The short bill looks small (it is actually very wide). The wings are short and rounded and the tail rather short in flight.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a wood-pewee, smaller than a Common Nighthawk.

    Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.5-8.3 in (19-21 cm)
      • Weight: 1.1-2.0 oz (31-58 g)