Thursday, April 23, 2009

image: Nuttall's (Common) Poorwill

October 17, 1804

Nuttall's is the smallest nightjar in North America. The Nuttall's is Mottled gray brown with no white marks on the wings. It had a dark outer tail with feathers that are tipped with white. Seamen and I came across this animal lieing in it's nest well we were taking a walk. The common poorwill can hibernate, surviving in a torpid condition, without food and with its body temperature lowered almost to that of its surroundings. This adaptation is unique among birds.

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