English and Scientific names:

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)



Number of individuals: 

1 after second year female in basic plumage





Specific Locality:

Johnsons Bayou


Date(s) when observed:



Time(s) of day when observed:  



Reporting observer and address:

T.J. Zenzal

Hattiesburg, MS 39401


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Michael Sellers, Catherine Craig, Paula Obriant, Elly Knight



Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Optical equipment: 



Distance to bird(s): 

Bird in hand


Duration of observation:

20 mins



Live Oak dominated cheneir with open space due to hurricane damage


Behavior of bird: 

Bird flew into mist net and banded.



Wing=178mm, Mass = 52g, Tail = 113, primary wing coverts to wing patch = 28mm, Wing patch is opposite 5th primary wing feather and on 8th/10th primary wing feathers; 10th primary wing feather is shorter than 9th primary wing feather; primary wing feather tips touch tail at rest.





Similar species:

Common Nighthawk and Antillean Nighthawk by plumage and morphological measurements taken in the field


Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Yes by Michael Sellers and are attached


Previous experience with this species: 



Identification aids:

Peter Pyle's Guide to Identification of North American Birds and Divid Sibley's Guide to Birds



This description is written from: 

Notes made during observation


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 




Date and time: 

11/12/2010 14:19