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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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While whip-poor-wills and common nighthawks have widespread breeding distributions throughout New York, chuck-will's-widows just make it into the southern portion of the state, and are a relatively new addition to the state's avifauna.
Chuck-will's-widows experienced a 62% decline in the number of reported census blocks in the same time period, while common nighthawks showed a 71% decline.
In contrast to lesser nighthawks, which occurred in all but two study sites, common nighthawks were only at two sites and in low numbers.
Since several hundred common nighthawks forage at the site on a nightly basis (Brigham and Fenton, 1991), it is unlikely that pseudoreplication was a severe problem.
The purpose of this study was to assess the diet of common nighthawks (Caprimulgidae: Chordeiles minor) in relation to insect abundance in the Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan.