There are three photos on this page:
1. 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)
3. 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
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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