Monday, April 30, 2012

Cool Animal Sounds: Whip-poor-will

Like the Bobwhite, which was featured in the last CAS, the whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus) has a common name derived from its distinctive call. The "whip-poor-will" call is a dominance call given by males to help establish and maintain a territory. The birds make a number of other noises as well, including a defensive hiss when confronted with a predator. Overall, they are common in their native range, which reaches from Canada to Central America if you include all of its migratory route.

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