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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).
Piping Plover Poorwill Pintail Pigeon." The wigeon is identified in the book's glossary as a duck that "eats plants in fields marshes lakes and large ponds." Poorwills like bobolinks and chachalacas are named for the sounds they make and timberdoodles are noted for their spiraling courtship flights.
Others: lesser nighthawks (Southwest), Chuck-will's-widow (Southeast) and common poorwill (West)
The smaller poorwill is found across most of the West.
Daily torpor in a free-ranging goat-sucker, the Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nutrallii).