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whippoorwill:

see goatsuckergoatsucker,
common name for nocturnal or crepuscular birds of the order Caprimulgiformes, which includes the frogmouth, the oilbird, potoos, and nightjars. Goatsuckers are medium in size and are found in the temperate and tropical zones of both hemispheres.
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Sapsuckers and whippoorwills in the dark do it, Snipes on a lark do it, Even hummingbirds without words do it, Woodcocks and wild duck, they say, rue it, Let's do it, to wit, Too-whit
When whippoorwills call And evening is nigh, I hurry to My Blue Heaven.
By day, we'll search the same heavens for whippoorwills, hawks, and larks.
Polly is thrilled when she visits the mountain again with her father and hears the whippoorwills call.
And the two sisters, Alma and Kay, each impregnated by their father, transpired for a while as Whippoorwills, then Doves, but found real joy as Thrushes, hermetic, unadorned, but adored at evening.
On many evenings there are dinners on the breezy back porch of the old farmhouse with whippoorwills piping around the corners.
Sometimes it seems as if the deepest shades of night are those in the earliest hours, with the horn-calls of whippoorwills sounding mournful in every brake, and the air fuzzy with June bugs and flying beetles and the plump gray moths that come to the kitchen window when a lamp is there.