poorwill

bird
      (species Phalaenoptilus nuttallii), nocturnal bird of North America belonging to the nightjar family (Caprimulgidae). The poorwill, named for its call, is about 20 cm (8 inches) long and has mottled gray plumage, a short tail with a bit of white at the corners, and a narrow bib, white in the male, buffy in the female. This bird catches flying insects at night. It breeds in arid country west of the Mississippi River, north to British Columbia, laying two white eggs on the ground. It winters from California to central Mexico.

      The poorwill is one of the few examples of hibernators among birds. It clings to the walls of rock crevices in a torpid state during the unfavourable winter months.

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