One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large nightjar native to eastern North America.
Caprimulgus carolinensis, family Caprimulgidae
- ‘Chuck-will's-widows migrate in Texas from late March through early May and will initiate breeding soon after arriving on their breeding grounds.’
- ‘Only rarely are chuck-will's-widows found during the daytime; most records are for night-singing birds.’
- ‘A large nightjar of the southeastern United States, the Chuck-will's-widow is well known for its continuous singing of its name at dusk.’
Late 18th century: imitative of its call.
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