Common Nighthawks (Chordeiles minor) can take off from water

Liam 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 the water. Under these circumstances navigation errors or mid-air collisions could result in birds falling in the water, with the risk of drowning. We report two observations of Common Nighthawks that fell into a river and were able to easily take off from the surface of the water without any noticeable detrimental effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125 - 127
JournalCanadian Field Naturalist
StatePublished - Nov 11 2017


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