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Caprimulgiformes - Nightbirds

rufous hummingbird


 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Caprimulgiformes

Common NighthawkThe birds in this order are nocturnal and eat insects. They have small feet and short, weak legs. Most species have large mouths that are often surround by whiskers or bristles. They are usually darkly colored. There are five families in this order.

galleryCaprimulgiformes Photo Gallery


  Aegothelidae (Owlet-nightjars)
  Caprimulgidae (Nightjars)
  Nyctibiidae (Potoos)

  Steatornithidae (Oilbird)
  Podargidae (Frogmouths)