Common Nighthawk


The distinctive white flashes on the wings of the common nighthawk

The common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) in British Columbia has been designated as yellow listed (not at risk). With its white wing patches and erratic flight pattern, it is little surprise that the bird is sometimes called a "bullbat".

Map

Biodiversity Interactive Map - Common Nighthawk

Range

Distributed throughout Canada and British Columbia, common nighthawks occur throughout the Columbia Basin.

Habitat

  • Nests in a wide range of open, vegetation-free upland and grassland habitats including recently harvested forests, burnt-over areas and rocky outcrops.
  • Rivers and wetlands are favoured foraging locations

Reproduction

  • Nests in bare scrapes on the ground
  • Females lay an average of two eggs from May to July
  • Nestlings are vulnerable to disturbance and predation as they remain in the nest for 18-25 days before fledging

Listing and Date

Listing Date
B.C. List Yellow
COSEWIC Threatened 2007
SARA S1

Threats to Species

  • Decline of insect populations
  • Habitat loss and modification including forest fire suppression

Select Reports

For more information on this species, visit The Species at Risk Public Registry and/or, The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer where you should enter "common nighthawk" in the species Name field.

 

SPECIES

Amphibians
Columbia Spotted Frog
Long-toed Salamander
Northern Leopard Frog
Western Toad

Birds
Common Nighthawk
Great Blue Heron
Harlequin Duck
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Northern Goshawk
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Vaux’s Swift
Western Screech Owl
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Fish
Bull Trout
White Sturgeon

Flora
Common Camas
Whitebark Pine

Mammals
Badger
Big Brown Bat
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Elk
Grizzly Bear
Selkirk Least Chipmunk
Moose
Mountain Caribou
Mountain Goat
Mule Deer
California Myotis
Fringed Myotis
Little Brown Myotis
Long-eared Myotis
Long-legged Myotis
Northern Myotis
Yuma Myotis
Silver-Haired Myotis
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
White-tailed Deer
Wolverine
Yellow-pine Chipmunk

Reptiles
Western Painted Turtle
Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Western Skink

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