BIRD OF THE WEEK — COMMON NIGHTHAWK — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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SAVE THE ARARIPE MANAKIN

Clinging to a narrow strip of forest on the slopes of the Araripe Plateau in northern Brazil, the Araripe Manakin is one of the most endangered birds in the world. Right now, American Bird Conservancy has the chance to help our local partner, Aquasis, purchase a 158-acre property that will double the amount of land under protection for the manakin. Opportunities to buy land along the plateau are rare—we must act now. Will you donate today to help ABC save the Araripe Manakin?

COMMON NIGHTHAWK

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chordeiles minor
POPULATION: 16 million
TREND: Declining
HABITAT: Nests in a variety of open urban and rural habitats; wintering habitat poorly known.

The Common Nighthawk’s erratic, acrobatic flight style gives the bird its folk name of “bullbat.” The name “nighthawk” is misleading, since the bird is neither strictly nocturnal nor closely related to hawks. Like the Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will’s widow, it’s a member of the Caprimulgidae family, a group also known as nightjars.

Threats to this interesting bird include pesticide use and habitat loss. Common Nighthawks are also vulnerable to collisions with cars, since they forage over roads or roost on roadways at night.

 

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