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The eastern whip-poor-will belongs
to a group of nocturnal insect-eating birds
known as "nightjars" because of their
nocturnal habits and the jarring aspect of
their vocalizations.
Other nightjars found in Pennsylvania
are the common nighthawk and the rarely
documented chuck-will's-widow.
Nightjars also are called "goatsuckers," stemming from a false notion that
the birds would fly into barns at night and
use their expansive maws to suckle milk
from goats and other livestock.
In folklore, the call of the whip-poorwill was considered an omen of death and
substantial calling of the birds indicated
an impending storm. The Mohegan tribe
of Native Americans held the belief that
makiwasug (magic little people) traveled
through the forest at night in the shape of
whip-poor-wills.
Squat and diminutive, adult whippoor-wills weigh around 2 ounces with
wingspans of 19 inches.
A whip-poor-will has a gaping mouth
and sports two vertical rows of bristles
flared toward the front of the
bill to funnel insect prey
captured in flight. Its plum-

age is a mix of camouflaging browns and
grays. Both sexes have a white neck band,
the male with white outer tail feathers.
Soft plumage enables them to fly as
silently as an owl and their large eyes
provide excellent night vision.
A gleam of red or bright orange eyes
in the glare of automobile headlights may
reveal a whip-or-will's position as it sits
along the road waiting for a meal to pass
overhead.
Whip-poor-wills perch on branches
or sit on the ground where they fly up to
catch beetles, mosquitoes, gnats, and a
variety of moths.
The birds are most active on moonlit
nights when moths and other nocturnal
insects are backlit against the bright night
sky.
The whip-poor-will is named for
the male's repeated springtime nocturnal



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