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Frequent Nighthawk, Unusual Sound

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[Flight calls of the Common Nighthawk]

The flight name of the Frequent Nighthawk vividly evokes a heat summer time night.

Swooping and diving by means of the air on its lengthy slender wings, the nighthawk emerges at nightfall to chase down aerial bugs. It jerks and twists, making sudden, uneven shifts of course to grab its prey.

However the Frequent Nighthawk shouldn’t be actually a hawk in any respect. It’s extra carefully associated to the nocturnal nightjars, such because the Whip-poor-wills of jap North America. Nighthawks and nightjars have quick payments that open large, to allow them to vacuum up their insect prey as they fly alongside.

Frequent Nighthawks journey to North America in spring from Brazil and different South American international locations, the place they spend the winter.

They’re concerning the dimension of a robin, however have for much longer wings that stretch out – like two darkish boomerangs – propelling their erratic flight. Look ahead to Frequent Nighthawks overhead, simply after sundown.

Hopefully, you may see the male’s territorial show, because it dives sharply towards the earth solely to tug up on the final second – making this superb sound.

[Male’s booming sounds]

That’s the wind speeding by means of the male nighthawk’s wingfeathers. This acrobatic nighthawk actually is aware of the way to impress his potential mate.

For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.

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Producer: John Kessler
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Editor: Ashley Ahearn
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Narrator: Michael Stein
Name of the Frequent Nighthawk offered by “websounds” recorded by R. Righter. Booming sound offered by The Macaulay Library on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York; recorded by G.A. Keller.
© 2019 BirdNote  August 2019 / July 2022
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