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A nightjar (Caprimulgus carolinensis) resembling the whip-poor-will and found in southeast North America, Central America, and northern South America.

[Imitative of its call.]


(Animals) a large North American nightjar, Caprimulgus carolinensis, similar to the whippoorwill


(ˈtʃʌk wɪlz)

a large nightjar, Caprimulgus carolinensis, of the southern U.S.
[1785–95; representing the bird's call]
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Noun1.chuck-will's-widow - large whippoorwill-like bird of the southern United Stateschuck-will's-widow - large whippoorwill-like bird of the southern United States
caprimulgid, goatsucker, nightjar - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
Caprimulgus, genus Caprimulgus - type genus of the Caprimulgidae
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During incubation, our observations suggest that female Chuck-will's-widows remained on eggs throughout most of the day and night.
Incubation by Chuck-will's-widows (Antrostomus carolinensis) is thought to be primarily by females, but some cases of male incubation have been observed (Stevenson and Anderson 1994).
An alternative hypothesis is that nighthawks and potoos are mobbed because they resemble Chuck-will's-widows, which occasionally prey on birds (Thayer 1899, Owre 1967).
1967) watched five Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis), five Tufted Titmice (Baeolophus bicolor), two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea), and 10 warblers of four species mobbing a Chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis) that was perched in a tree.
Our surveys suggest a substantial breeding population of Chuck-will's-widows exists on the large northern islands in the Bahamas.
Chuck-will's-widows on North Andros (7 survey routes), Grand Bahama (3 routes), and Great Abaco (4 routes), Bahama Islands.