Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus)

The Eastern Whip-poor-will is a fascinating bird known for its unique vocalizations and nocturnal behavior. This bird is a member of the nightjar family and is well-known for its distinct "whip-poor-will" call, which it repeats in quick succession throughout the night.

The Eastern Whip-poor-will is found throughout much of the eastern region of North America. It is a medium-sized bird, measuring up to 10 inches in length with a wingspan of 15-17 inches. It has a brownish-grey coloring and a camouflage pattern that helps it blend into its environment during the day.

One of the most interesting things about this bird is its nocturnal behavior. It feeds primarily at night, using its large mouth and short bill to catch insects on the wing. It is most active during the spring and summer months and can often be heard calling throughout the night.

Despite their unusual behavior, Eastern Whip-poor-wills are unfortunately facing population declines due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Their reliance on open woodland habitats for breeding and foraging makes them particularly vulnerable to habitat destruction caused by human activities such as logging and development.

Conservation efforts are currently underway to protect Eastern Whip-poor-wills and their habitats. This includes measures such as protecting and restoring woodlands and limiting disturbance during the breeding season.

In conclusion, the Eastern Whip-poor-will is a unique and fascinating bird that plays an important role in its ecosystem. Its nocturnal behavior and distinct vocalizations make it a beloved and recognizable species throughout North America. However, continued conservation efforts are crucial to ensure the survival of this iconic species.

Other names

Antrostomus vociferus



Eastern Whip-poor-will

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Nordamerikansk Natravn



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Succiacapre vocifero


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