What is nighthawk?

  • (noun): A person who likes to be active late at night.
    Synonyms: night owl, nightbird
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A nighthawk is a nocturnal bird of the subfamily Chordeilinae, within the nightjar family, Caprimulgidae. Nighthawks are medium-sized New World birds, with long wings, short legs, and very short bills. They usually nest on the ground. They feed on flying insects. The Least Nighthawk, at 16 centimetres (6.3 in) and 23 grams (0.81 oz), is the smallest of all Caprimulgiformes. Nightjars are sometimes referred to as goatsuckers from the mistaken belief that they suck milk from goats (the Latin for goatsucker is Caprimulgus).

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Nighthawk, Washington
... Nighthawk is an unincorporated community on the Similkameen River in Okanogan County, Washington state, USA ... Nighthawk is a (mostly former) logging area along Loomis-Oroville Highway west-northwest of Oroville, Washington ... Nighthawk also features a border crossing and is located along the Burlington Northern Railroad ...
List Of Birds Of North Carolina - Nightjars
... Lesser Nighthawk, Chordeiles acutipennis (R) Common Nighthawk, Chordeiles minor Antillean Nighthawk, Chordeiles gundlachii (R) Chuck-will's-widow, Antrostomus carolinensis Eastern Whip-poor-will ...
Lesser Nighthawk
... The Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) is a nightjar found throughout a large part of the Americas ... This bird looks similar to the Common Nighthawk, but is slightly smaller, has a slightly less deeply forked tail, and is more buffy in coloration ... The Lesser Nighthawk has a rapid, low whistled melodious trill, lasting several seconds ...
List Of Birds Of French Guiana - Nightjars
... Short-tailed Nighthawk Lurocalis semitorquatus Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Nacunda Nighthawk Chordeiles nacunda (A) Band-tailed Nighthawk Nyctiprogne ...
List Of Birds Of The Netherlands Antilles - Nightjars
... Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Antillean Nighthawk Chordeiles gundlachii Chuck-will's-widow Antrostomus carolinensis White-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus ...

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    It was the most wild and desolate region we had camped in, where, if anywhere, one might expect to meet with befitting inhabitants, but I heard only the squeak of a nighthawk flitting over. The moon in her first quarter, in the fore part of the night, setting over the bare rocky hills garnished with tall, charred, and hollow stumps or shells of trees, served to reveal the desolation.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)