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Mexican Whip-poor-will Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Mexican Whip-poor-wills are large-headed, medium-sized birds with rounded wings. They usually rest their body horizontally along the ground or a limb.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a Chuck-will’s-widow; about the size of a Common Nighthawk.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.1-9.4 in (23-24 cm)
      • Weight: 1.5-2.2 oz (42-61.9 g)
      • Wingspan: 18.9 in (48 cm)