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At rest, wingtips are usually longer than the tail; the tips are pointed, with outermost primary longer than the rest. In flight, the flight feathers are blackish-brown, with a white bar across the outer five primaries, narrower in female than male; at rest, if the band is visible, it will be staggered, even toothed, and at the same length as tertial tips. A white crescent on the throat is wider an whiter in male compared to female, and the female is lacking a white subterminal bar on the tail. Both sexes are mostly cryptic with black, pale gray, and buffish to cinnamon on upperside, but pale gray to grayish-buff on underside.
Females are grey, though occasionally a rufous form is found.
 Similar Species
Common Nighthawk is very similar to Antillean Nighthawk; a thread discussing the differences is found under References.
Until recently this species was considered conspecific with Antillean Nighthawk.
There are 8 subspecies:
Three additional subspecies divisus, twomeyi and neotropicalis are not generally recognised.
Open woodlands, suburbs, towns, with nests sometimes on flat, gravel-covered roofs.
More likely to be seen in daylight than most other nightjars.
The 2 eggs are laid directly on bare ground and are incubated by the female for about 20 days. The young fledge at about 20 days.
The diet includes insects hawked aerially.
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