There are four photos on this page:
1. Juvenile Whip-poor-will,
an aerial insectivore
2. Whip-poor-will, detail of wing
on a bed of pine needles
emulating natural habitat
of "feather comb" claw
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
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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