Chuck-will’s-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis)

The Chuck-will’s-widow is a member of the Nightjar family, which are cryptic birds that camouflage themselves easily in the forest floor by mimicking the look of dead leaves. They are active during the night, foraging for food, and roost during the day almost imperceptibly. Most of the body is brown, with patterns in the wings and the back. The eye is black and glows orange during night when illuminated with any light source.

Chuck-will's-widow - Antrostomus carolinensis - Chotacabras de Paso

One of these birds was placidly resting on the ground, when we came and it flew away, making a lot of noise. It perched on this branch a few meters away from the trail, and stood there motionless until I got too close.

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