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There are three photos on this page:

1. Injured Common Nighthawk,
an aerial insectivore

Injured Common Nighthawk, an aerial insectivore.

2. Common Nighthawk, view of mouth
Note the large mouth, used for catching flying bugs
(being held open here for medical inspection)

Common Nighthawk mouth, used for catching flying bugs.

3. Common Nighthawk, side view

Common Nighthawk, side view.

Thought to be related to Owls, the Common Nighthawk is an aerial insectivore that eats by scooping bugs out of the air into its enormous mouth. This bird also drinks water on the wing by skimming ponds and streams.

Nighthawks are silent fliers. They have a unique toothed claw on each foot called a "feather comb" that is thought to aid in grooming.

Nighthawks do not build a nest. The female picks a spot in a field, or on a rock, stump, beach, or roof where she lays her eggs. The Common Nighthawk migrates to South America and Argentina for the winter.

This bird came to us with a broken wing, which we were able to fix.

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