Length: 9 - 10"
Habitat: Open or semi-open habitats such as forest clearings, grasslands, farmland, burned-over areas, fields, and beaches. Also found in towns and cities.
Diet: Many species of flying insects, including
mosquitoes, beetles, flying ants, moths, and grasshoppers.
By Reago & McClarren [CC 2.0]
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Common Nighthawk breeds throughout New England, although this is not shown on the USGS map above. See Cornell map below.
This bird winters in South America.
Range Map from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Year-round Map from eBird
Year-round sightings of the Common Nighthawk from over past 10 years (2009-2019)
Note: This map may underestimate the population of this bird due to the difficulty in sighting it.