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Sonoran Desert Birds



Lesser nighthawk - (Chordeiles acutipennis)

 Lesser nighthawk

Size: 9 inches
Overall Color: gray
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: insects
Nest: scrape on ground
Field Identification: white band across throat, white bands under wings close to wing tips (prominent in flight), active at dusk and dawn
Season: summer

Lesser nighthawk
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae (goatsuckers)
Genus: Chordeiles
species: acutipennis

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