By Tori M.
Found all across America, the Common Nighthawk is a mostly nocturnal bird and the most common in its family. Though it isn't related to hawks. These small birds (it's only about ten inches long) can usually be found in cities where they like to eat insects attracted to the lights. So you can thank this bird for eating hundreds of mosquitoes in just one night. Their mottled black and brown colors allow them to camouflage into trees; they can actually be really hard to spot. If you're trying to see one of these birds, be careful, there's other nighthawks that look very similar.
A publication created by Calvert High School students for the Calvert School community.