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  Order Caprimulgiformes - Goatsuckers
   Family Caprimulgidae - Nighthawks and Nightjars
      Subfamily Chordeilinae - Nighthawks, Chordeiles

  Caprimulgiformes are a diverse group of largely nocturnal and insectivorous birds. They have a wide gape and their bill is small and weak. Their skin is very thin and their soft plumage is cryptically colored.
   The Encyclopedia of Life includes goatsuckers in the Strigiformes.
Nighthawks and Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal birds with long wings and short legs. They are crepuscular or nocturnal (although the nighthawk may be active during the day) and feed on large flying insects.
Nighthawks are often seen (and heard) flying over the dunes and the maritime shrub-scrub forest behind the beach during the late afternoon or on darker days.
     
     
  Lesser Nighthawk, Chordeiles acutipennis
 
   USGS     Wiki     ToL     EoL
 

      OCCURRENCE? - Hypothetical
            OPEN COUNTRY

 
   The Lesser Nighthawk is relatively longer tailed with less pointed wingtips. This species lacks the diving display of the Common Nighthawk and is silent in flight. It is a bird from the southwest and Mexico. It inhabits open country, desert regions, scrub, savanna, and cultivated areas primarily in arid habitats.
 
     
  NOTES:
   Avendex
: No records.
   Potter:
One record, Carteret Co., NC, December 1998.
  ●  Hypothetical. No South Carolina records.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

 

       
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