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[From its roaring sound in flight.]


(Animals) another name for nighthawk1



any of several long-winged New World goatsuckers of the subfamily Chordeilinae, esp. Chordeiles minor, often nesting on flat rooftops in urban areas.
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Noun1.bullbat - mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker
caprimulgid, goatsucker, nightjar - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
Chordeiles, genus Chordeiles - a genus of Caprimulgidae
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The compound began to fill with herons, egrets, owls, bullbats, marsh hens--any feathered thing that had lost its cypress home.
At dusk, when those researchers are sitting down to supper, Brigham is likely to be out in the grassy hills of western Canada looking at bats and bullbats, properly known as common nighthawks.
In the anecdotes in these poems there is always some startling detail ("Against the wounded evening matched, / Snagged high on a pitchfork tine, he will make / Slow arabesques till the bullbats wake") or snatch of remembered conversation ("By God, they deserved it,' he said") that moves the poem from the panorama to the closeup, from the general to the specific, from the universal to the personal, some sparkling nugget that convinces the reader that the poem has moved from the ordinary realm of creativity to the magic of memory.