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Featured Photo: July/August 2014 Birding


If only we could hear the bird sing. Well, we can’t. Nevertheless, this bird can be identified from the photo.

Tom Johnson’s detailed analysis of this image appears in the print version of the July/August 2014 Birding, in press right now. For now, let’s see if we can work it out together online.

What do you think it is? And as always: Why? Please explain your answer.


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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including an ABA title, the ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Mainly, he listens to birds at night.
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  • tpw

    Kestrel. Long tail feathers and colors. Maybe Cooper’s hawk.

    • Ted Floyd

      Well, that’s a start. The bird does indeed have a long tail, and some color. But let’s nudge things now in the direction of the right order. This bird is in the order Caprimulgiformes, the so-called “goatsuckers,” represented in the ABA Area by various nighthawks, nightjars, “wills,” and the Common Pauraque. So I think it’s one of those.

  • Mark Brown

    A young female pauraque ?? The pauraque has high external segments of rods and cones create a high retinal sensibility. hence the reflection of the flash from the camera. Retinal morphology and electrophysiology of Caprimulgiformes , Ramos et al. .

  • Don Margeson

    I’m thinking a female Chuck-will’s Widow. They lack the white in the tail and the wing bars you’d see in a Nighthawk or Paraque. The white throat collar is smaller and less noticeable than on those species as well.

  • Chris Okon

    Common Nighthawk?

  • Chris Okon


  • Dawgler

    I agree with Margeson and Brownregarding species. It will be interesting the learn of the “real” identity.

  • David

    MR DUCKS :-)

  • John H

    Buff-collared Nightjar

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