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1. Any of several nightjars found throughout the Americas, having grayish-brown plumage that mimics leaves on the forest floor, especially Chordeiles minor. Also called bullbat, mosquito hawk.
2. Informal A night owl.


1. (Animals) Also called: bullbat or mosquito hawk any American nightjar of the genus Chordeiles and related genera, having a dark plumage and, in the male, white patches on the wings and tail
2. informal another name for night owl



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.nighthawk - a person who likes to be active late at nightnighthawk - a person who likes to be active late at night
individualist - a person who pursues independent thought or action
2.nighthawk - 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 goatsuckers, which include common nighthawks (Chordeiles minor), the third member of this family found in New York, belong to the Caprimulgidae family.
Estimates of relative abundance for elf owls, lesser nighthawks (Chordeiles acutipennis), and common nighthawks (Chordeiles minor) were calculated over the 3-month sampling period of April June because these species are migratory and were present on Galvan Ranch only during that period.
Common Nighthawk: In reality not hawks but members of the nightjar family, common nighthawks cover most of the continent, eating a variety of flying insects.
The purpose of our study was to collect data for flight speeds of foraging common nighthawks (Chordeiles minor) flying under natural conditions using a Doppler radar and compare them with data collected by timing flights over a known distance for the same species (Brigham and Fenton, 1991).
Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve in Suffolk County, which serves as a breeding area for common nighthawks, whip-poor-wills, brown thrashers, field sparrows and other characteristic pine barrens species.