Found in my house

by Kelly Allmann
(Lincoln, ne)

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All spotted brown in color. Had hairs on its face pointing forward around its beak. Had all it's flight feathers and flew away when left to recover in a basket outside.

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May 21, 2017
camo bird
by: roma

there are a few birds with this camo, almost invisible in the forest floor. another possibility is a poor will, separate in my field guide than a whip poor will. night hawks also are camo. but it does look like a fledgling. i would put it back in the area you found it unless it is in danger. chances are his parents are within 10 feet.

Apr 14, 2017
Gorgeous bird
by: Anonymous

I'm pretty sure that you have an Eastern Whip-poor-will. I hope you can find a way to get it back into the wild. These birds populated lots of the U.S. well until the past few years. Now, in lots of places that had lots of them, have none! These birds lay eggs on the ground like maybe in the leaves and use their camo color to keep preditors away. Lots of the time, not much success. I hope the Whip-poor-wills can some day make a comeback. I'm pretty sure that's what you have but the only other one I can think about would be the nighthawk. They are not hawks at all but they are camo colored like the Whip-poor-will. They too are in short supply and are gorgeous birds.

Apr 13, 2017
Great Camoflauge Coloring
by: Margaret Mariam

I've released many young birds, and this one looks like it is fully fledged. If you find out what it is, from another source; before someone here does, please let us know who/what your brief "guest" was.

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