Poor-Will bird picturesPOOR-WILL
418. Phaloenoptilus nuttalli. 7.5 inches
The female of this beautiful little Night-jar differs from the male only in having narrow buffy tips to the outer tail feathers instead of broad white ones.
Like all the members of this family these birds are dusk fliers, remaining at rest on the ground in daylight.
Their frosted gray plumage harmonizes so perfectly with their surroundings that it is almost impossible to see them.
Their eggs are nearly immaculate, but usually show traces of the lavender blotches that mark others of the family.
Their call is a mournful "poor-will-ee." They are found from the Plains to the Pacific, but are not common east of the Rockies.