Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Common Nighthawk

These birds are not hawks although they do “hawk,” which means catching insects in flight. They eat copious numbers of insects; analysis has shown that 1 bird at 500 mosquitoes while another ate 2,175 flying ants. They have long bristles on their face, which act as insect catchers. These facial “feathers” also have sensory functions much like cat’s whiskers do.

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