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Hawk Like Hawk Like

Lesser Nighthawk

Chordeiles acutipennis

Lesser Nighthawk
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 9 in. (23 cm)
Usually seen "hawking" for flying insects low over open desert and dry fields in small groups, this nighthawk is most active in the early morning and late afternoon. Regularly found in and over populated areas and cities in the southwest, it often spends the day perched on the branches of riparian trees. The nest is placed on bare sand or gravel on the ground or occasionally on a flat roof. The four-digit banding code is LENI.

Desert
Desert

Grasslands
Grasslands

Agricultural
Agricultural

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