Goatsuckers

Goatsuckers - Family Caprimulgidae

Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis. Accidental.

Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor. Breeder. Uncommon to locally common in spring, summer, and fall, and rare in winter in all regions. Found in open and semi-open areas, grasslands, fields, cities, and towns. Low Conservation Concern.

Chuck-will’s-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis. Breeder. Common in spring, summer, and fall, and occasional in winter in Gulf Coast region. In other regions, common in spring, summer, and fall. Found in deciduous and pine woodlands. MODERATE CONSERVATION CONCERN.

Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus. Breeder. Locally common in spring, summer, and fall in Tennessee Valley and Mountain regions. In Gulf Coast region, uncommon in winter, spring, and fall. In Inland Coastal Plain region, rare in spring and fall, and locally rare in summer. Found in open and mixed-forest woodlands. MODERATE CONSERVATION CONCERN.

References Cited:

Mirarchi. Ralph E., ed. 2004. Alabama Wildlife, Volume One.  A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates: Aquatic Mollusks, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals.  The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL. 209 pp.

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