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    Common Poorwill

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    Common Poorwill

    Phalaenoptilus nuttallii
    • ORDER: Caprimulgiformes
    • FAMILY: Caprimulgidae
    Basic Description

    A small nightjar of the arid West, the Common Poorwill is the smallest member of its family in North America. It is one of the few birds known to hibernate during the winter.

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    Other Names
    • Tapacaminos Pandeagua (Spanish)
    • Engoulevent de Nuttall (French)
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