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Synonyms for chuck-will's-widow

large whippoorwill-like bird of the southern United States

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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 addition to common nighthawks, whip-poor-wills and chuck-will's-widows, five other species of goatsuckers live in North America: the lesser and Antillean nighthawks, buff-collared nightjar, common pauraque, and the common poorwill, one of only a handful of birds known to go into torpor, a state akin to mammalian hibernation.
Indeed, the whip-poor-will, chuck-will's-widow and poorwill are named for their strident territorial calls.
The common nighthawk as well as the whip-poor-will and chuck-will's-widow appear to be declining species, and no one knows why or to what extent.