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There are four photos on this page:

1. Juvenile Whip-poor-will,
an aerial insectivore

Juvenile Whip-poor-will, an aerial insectivore.

2. Whip-poor-will, detail of wing

Whip-poor-will, detail of wing

3. Whip-poor-will
on a bed of pine needles
emulating natural habitat

Whip-poor-will blending into a bed of pine needles.

4. Close-up of "feather comb" claw
on Whip-poor-will

Close-up of "feather comb" claw on Whip-poor-will.

Note how the coloring of the Whip-poor-will provides natural camouflage. If you came across this bird amid pine needles on a forest floor, you might not even notice that he was a bird and not a rock or some bit of natural debris.

A member of the Nightjar family along with the Common Nighthawk, this species is known for its loud call. It is also thought to be related to Owls. The Whip-Poor-Will is an aerial insectivore that will fly low at night, catching bugs in the dark. This bird also has a "feather comb" claw for grooming. Some are fairly tame and tolerant of humans. The Whip-Poor-Will nests in woods, where the female lays her eggs directly on the ground.

This young bird was found on a beach, unable to fly. It was successfully rehabilitated and released back into the wild.


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