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Least Nighthawk Chordeiles pusillus

Dominique Hellmich
Version: 1.0 — Published June 13, 2014

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Flight calls of Least Nighthawk are described as a low churr and a weak nasal beep or week" (Hilty and Brown 1986, Hilty 2003) or as "a short, sharp whit or bit, often repeated in quick succession, e.g., whit whit whit whit" (Cleere 1998). The song, which is given while the bird is perched on the ground or in a bush, is described as "a fast cur-cur-cur-curry (or chu-chu-chu-chu-chuEE)", often repeated rapidly in succession (Hilty 2003), or as "a rapid series of 5-10 resonant notes k-k-k-k-k-kurree, the last note rising in pitch at the end" (Cleere 1998).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Least Nighthawk can be heard at the Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Hellmich, D. (2014). Least Nighthawk (Chordeiles pusillus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.leanig1.01