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A nighthawk's cryptic coloring camouflages it as it rests on a fence. (Photo by Laura Belkin)

Some birds sing. Others twitter, tweet or trill. But the common nighthawk goes boom in the night. This noise isn’t all that sets nighthawks apart in the avian world. What else makes them unique?

Thanks to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library for use of their nighthawk recordings.