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Sonoran Desert Birds



Common poorwill - (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)

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Size: 7.75 inches
Overall Color: gray and brown
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: insects
Nest: scrape on ground
Field Identification: nocturnal, catch insects in flight, short tail, perch on ground, large head, white band across dark throat
Season: year-round

Common poorwill
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae (goatsuckers)
Genus: Phalaenoptilus
species: nuttallii

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