whip-poor-will


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whip-poor-will

or whip·poor·will (wĭp′ər-wĭl′, hwĭp′-, wĭp′ər-wĭl′, hwĭp′-)
n.
Either of two nightjars (Caprimulgus vociferus or C. arizonae) found in North and Central America and having mottled brown, black, and gray feathers that blend in with their woodland habitat.

[Imitative of its call.]
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Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in -- only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whip-poor-will on the ridge-pole, a blue jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house, a screech owl or a cat owl behind it, a flock of wild geese or a laughing loon on the pond, and a fox to bark in the night.
Regularly at half-past seven, in one part of the summer, after the evening train had gone by, the whip-poor-wills chanted their vespers for half an hour, sitting on a stump by my door, or upon the ridge-pole of the house.
You know the cry of a crow, friend, from the whistle of the whip-poor-will?"
Remember, then, when you hear the whip-poor-will's call three times repeated, you are to come into the bushes where the bird might be supposed--"
Within seconds of stopping I heard the first resounding "whip-poor-will" emanating from the forest on the far side of the thicket.
Instead comes a call - Whip-poor-will, Whip-poor-will, Whip-poor-will - the song of night.
The whip-poor-will was still sending out his lonesome call.
As Brigham has found, nighthawks and their three wide-ranging North American relatives--the whip-poor-will, chuck-will's-widow and common poorwill--definitely are not hot research subjects.