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Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
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Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill in typical desert habitat

General Description: Common Poorwills (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) are little gray-brown birds of the night. The wings are short and rounded. There is white on the tail corners and the throat, but not in the wings (compare with nighthawks). Poorwills sleep on the ground during the day. Male Common Poorwills have brighter white in the tail and on the throat.

Taxonomy: Caprimulgiformes, Caprimulgidae, Chordeilinae.

Favored Habitat: Open deserts.

Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill on dirt road in typical desert habitat

Where to Find: Drive dirt roads at night and watch them fly up in front of your headlights.

Comments: Poorwills call out their name over and over on summer nights: poor-will, poor-will, poor-will, poor-will ...

Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill on dirt road in November (Gold Butte NM)
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill on paved road at night (Portal, Arizona)
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill on dirt road in October (Gold Butte NM)
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill on dirt road in October (Gold Butte NM)
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill on road edge at night (Portal, Arizona)
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Common Poorwill on road at night (Portal, Arizona)
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
A shady place to sleep for the day
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Sleeping Poorwill
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Male Common Poorwill feathers from roadkill
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Dorsal feather from male Common Poorwill
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
Outer tail feather from male Common Poorwill

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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