Order: Caprimulgiformes Family: Caprimulgidae
Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal birds with long wings, short legs and very short bills that usually nest on the ground. Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and long pointed wings. Their soft plumage is cryptically coloured to resemble bark or leaves. There are 3 Michigan species.
Chuck-will’s-widow, Antrostomus carolinensis
Common Nighthawk, Chordeiles minor
Eastern Whip-poor-will, Antrostomus vociferus