Eastern Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus)
Medium-sized birds with a large, rounded head and a stout
chest that tapers to a long tail and wings, giving them a
distinctly front-heavy look. Patterned with a complicated
mottling of gray and brown, which camouflages them nearly
perfectly with leaf litter or tree bark. They have a blackish
throat bordered at the bottom by a neat, white bib. Males have
white corners to the tail; on females, these spots are dull buff.
Habitat: Dry, open, deciduous woodlands with small to medium trees, generally oak or beech
with lots of clearings and shaded leaf litter; wooded edges and forest clearings with little
herbaceous growth; associated with forests >100 ha.
Don't disturb or harass the birds or nesting sites. Be respectful and observe from a distance.
Can be identified by the presence of stick nests within tops or crotches of trees.
-don't disturb or harass the birds or nesting sites. Be respectful and observe from a
When Canadians spot migratory ducks and geese, we know the seasons are changing. But these
flocks are just the beginning - approximately 450 native species of birds, the majority of which
are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and are collectively referred to as
"migratory birds", make Canada their home for part of each year (April 1 to August 30). Canada
shares responsibility for conservation of migratory birds with the other countries they visit.
Environment Canada develops and implements policies and regulations to protect these birds and
the natural habitats in which they thrive.
The destruction of active migratory bird nests is prohibited.
For more information:
Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA)
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
List of Migratory Birds