Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)

The Common Poorwill bird is a small nocturnal bird, belonging to the nightjar family. These birds are found all across the American continent from Canada to Mexico and throughout the western United States.

The Common Poorwill got its name from its unique call which sounds like a low "poor-will." The bird is roughly six to nine inches long and has a wingspan of around 15 inches. It has a brownish-gray body, with a speckled and mottled plumage that blends seamlessly with its surroundings, making it difficult to spot during the day.

These birds are strictly nocturnal and usually hide during the day in rocky crevices, brush piles, and woodland areas to avoid detection from predators. They are also known to remain still for long periods, which makes them almost invisible to predators during the day.

The Common Poorwill bird is a master of mimicry and can mimic a range of sounds including the calls of other birds, insects, and even bats. This helps it stay hidden and also attract mates for breeding.

During the breeding season, the Common Poorwill bird will mate with multiple partners. Female birds lay their eggs on the ground, and the male takes care of incubating them. They usually lay only two eggs at a time.

The diet of the Common Poorwill bird consists mainly of insects, such as moths, beetles, and ants. They use their wide mouths to catch prey in flight. They are also known to be attracted to outdoor lights at night, which makes them vulnerable to predators.

Sadly, the Common Poorwill bird's population is in decline due to habitat loss, deforestation, and pesticide use. However, efforts are being made to protect and conserve their natural habitats, and people are being educated about the importance of preserving the bird's natural habitat.

In conclusion, the Common Poorwill bird is a fascinating and unique species that has many interesting characteristics and behaviors. With proper conservation efforts, we can ensure that this beautiful bird continues to thrive for future generations to enjoy.

Other names

Phalaenoptilus nuttallii



Common Poorwill

enganyapastors de Nutall



crnolici leganj

lelek americký

Amerikansk Poorwill



Engoulevent de Nuttall


Succiacapre di Nuttall


baltagurklis lėlys


lelkowiec zimowy


Американский белогорлый козодой


lelek spáč

Chotacabras pachacua



пораке чорнощокий


téli estifecske

Amerikas lēlītis