Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Lesser Nighthawk - Chordeiles acutipennis
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General Comments This bird of Southwestern deserts is somewhat of a surprise on the North Carolina Bird List. Though it is possible that unidentified nighthawks reported in the state after October could be Lesser Nighthawks, the only definitive record is one found dead in Carteret in Dec 1998* [Chat 66:1-6 link]. The specimen is now in the NC Museum of Natural Sciences collection.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain One record (see above).
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
1/2 *
Attribution LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2012-07-14], LeGrand[2011-12-08]
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