ABA declares the Common Nighthawk the Bird of the Year for 2013

One of my favorite bird bloggers, Robert Mortensen, taped a “death-defying” announcement of the ABA’s decision to name the Common Nighthawk the bird of the year for 2013:

ABA Bird of the Year
“We nighthawks are dynamic and mysterious, inevitably capturing attention and curiosity as we dive and swoop over open country and high above the roof tops of even the largest cities…” intones the Common Nighthawk (AKA Mortensen).

If you would like to learn more about the Common Nighthawk and other birds like it, check out Nightjars, Potoos, Frogmouths, Oilbird and Owlet-nightjars of the World by Nigel Cleere.

To learn more about the Bird of the Year program, please visit the ABA’s site. They’ve posted some nifty facts about the Common Nighthawk including this tidbit: “The display flights of male Common Nighthawks end with a distinctive “boom” at the bottom of their dive – a loud sound produced by air rushing through the nighthawk’s wing feathers. ”

Also, though their name would indicate otherwise, these birds are not raptors. The ABA notes, “The name ‘nighthawk’ refers to the nocturnal or crepuscular habits of the bird and its long-winged, falcon-like shape.”

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  1. [...] As I mentioned earlier, the ABA has named the Common Nighthawk as the 2013 Bird of the Year. Richard Crossley kindly provided this plate so I can wax poetic about these birds once again. I love their coloring and they are truly unique when viewed from below in flight. The first time I saw this bird was at an evening flag football game and they were feeding around the field lights. At first I thought they were giant bats because of their flight patter, then I noted the distinctive white spots on their wings. Nothing else quite like them in our area. [...]

  2. [...] University Press had a few neat posts regarding the new ABA Bird of the Year that can be seen here and here. Robert Mortensen of Birding is Fun did a fine job of announcing this spectacular bird! [...]

  3. [...] As I mentioned earlier, the ABA has named the Common Nighthawk as the 2013 Bird of the Year. Richard Crossley kindly provided this plate so I can wax poetic about these birds once again. I love their coloring and they are truly unique when viewed from below in flight. The first time I saw this bird was at an evening flag football game and they were feeding around the field lights. At first I thought they were giant bats because of their flight patter, then I noted the distinctive white spots on their wings. Nothing else quite like them in our area. [...]