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poorwill

(ˈpʊəwɪl; ˈpɔːwɪl)
n
(Animals) a small bird of North America
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Noun1.poorwill - goatsucker of western North Americapoorwill - goatsucker of western North America
caprimulgid, goatsucker, nightjar - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
genus Phalaenoptilus, Phalaenoptilus - a genus of Caprimulgidae
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Only one species of bird is a true hibernator -- the poorwill of western North America.
Once on the prairie, we felt surrounded: The bright red eyes of a night bird called a poorwill winked at us, and we spotted olive coyote eyes and shiny pronghorn eyes.
Three of them are the Eastern Whippoorwill (Antrostomus vociferus), the close cousin, Chuck-will's-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis), and the Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii).
Common Poorwill activity and calling behavior in relation to moonlight and predation.
In addition to common nighthawks, whip-poor-wills and chuck-will's-widows, five other species of goatsuckers live in North America: the lesser and Antillean nighthawks, buff-collared nightjar, common pauraque, and the common poorwill, one of only a handful of birds known to go into torpor, a state akin to mammalian hibernation.
Only 31 species have been documented to use burrows of desert tortoises, including two birds, the common poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) and burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia; Luckenback, 1982).
Others: lesser nighthawks (Southwest), Chuck-will's-widow (Southeast) and common poorwill (West)
The white-throated desert poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) enters a state of lethargy in the winter, when there are no insects.
The smaller poorwill is found across most of the West.