Lesser Nighthawk

Lesser Nighthawk This is probably a Lesser Nighthawk, but it could be a Common Nighthawk; both species occur in and around Chiapas. Lesser Nighthawks build nests on bare sound and even gravel, and they will sit on their nests, well camouflaged, until the last possible second before giving their position away. We saw one nesting in the Chiapas Marina boatyard between two boats, one of which was being worked on almost daily. Range maps for both the Lesser and Common Nighthawk indicate that they do not breed in the area around Chiapas, but we saw at least three sitting on nests, apparently ignoring range maps. In the evening and morning twilight, Lesser Nighthawks can sometimes be seen hunting insects around the marina. Look closely at the white strips under the wings, which (with the help of a bird guide) distinguish Lesser from Common Nighthawks.

Lesser Nighthawk
This is probably a Lesser Nighthawk, but it could
be a Common Nighthawk; both
species occur in and around
Chiapas.
Lesser Nighthawks build
nests on bare sound and
even gravel, and they will sit
on their nests, well camouflaged,
until the last possible second before giving their
position away. We saw one nesting in the Chiapas
Marina boatyard between two
boats, one of which was being
worked on almost daily.
Range maps for both the Lesser
and Common Nighthawk indicate
that they do not breed in the area
around Chiapas, but we saw at
least three sitting on nests, apparently
ignoring range maps.
In the evening and morning twilight,
Lesser Nighthawks can sometimes
be seen hunting insects
around the marina. Look closely at
the white strips under the wings,
which (with the help of a bird guide)
distinguish Lesser from Common Nighthawks.