Common nighthawks (chordeiles minor) can take off from water

Liam P. McGuire, R. Mark Brigham

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Common Nighthawks (Chordeiles minor) are aerial insectivores that often forage over water, at high speeds, and sometimes at high densities. Foraging nighthawks have regularly been observed flying < 1 m from the surface of water. under these circumstances, navigation errors or mid-Air collisions could result in birds falling into the water, with the risk of drowning. We report two observations of Common Nighthawks that fell into a river and were able to take off from the surface of the water easily without any noticeable detrimental effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Field-Naturalist
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017


  • Chordeiles minor
  • Common nighthawk
  • Flight ability
  • Foraging behaviour


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