Eastern Whip-poor-will

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Cryptic, nocturnal, chanting.  Common in summer in open forests of the East; winters in SE US to Central America.  Repetitive song often heard between dusk and dawn.  Stout, large-eyed, and mottled gray and brown, with black crown stripe.  Rarely seen during the day, when they rest on the forest floor; sometimes seen flying at dawn or dusk to catch insects in their large mouths.  Lays eggs on ground, which hatch synchronous to the full moon.  Lifespan up to 4 years.  Population ~ 2 million and declining, probably due to habitat loss.

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January 22, 2015