|Conservation status||Probably increased in Florida through the 1970s as land on the Keys was being cleared, now declining again as land is developed.|
|Habitat||Open areas. In Florida this nighthawk is concentrated around undeveloped open ground, such as airports vacant lots, fields. In the Caribbean it inhabits semi-open terrain including open woods, fields, farmland.|
Similar to that of Common Nighthawk, catching insects during high, erratic flight.
1 or 2. White to pale cream, dotted with brown or gray. Incubation is probably by female only. Young: Probably fed by both parents.
Probably fed by both parents.
Behavior is similar to that of Common Nighthawk, but the "booming" sound during the flight display is thinner and quieter. Nest site is on bare open ground, sometimes on flat gravel roofs. No nest built; eggs laid directly on flat surface.
Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Strictly a summer resident in Florida, present from late April to September, but winter range is poorly known.
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Songs and CallsA dry killy-ka-dick, often repeated.
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