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Chordeiles acutipennis (Hermann, 1783)
Lesser Nighthawk
Family: Caprimulgidae
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© Fred Lang  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #2945)

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Distribution of Chordeiles acutipennis in British Columbia
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Although it had never been recorded in B.C. before, the two provincial records of this species occurred amazingly within the same month in 2006. Rather than simple coincidence, this strongly suggests that some event had pushed a number of Lesser Nighthawks into the Pacific Northwest at that time. The occurrence of one of these individuals from pelagic waters 50 miles off Vancouver Island is particularly remarkable.

1.(1) adult; June 5, 2006; 50 mi off Tofino
2.(1) adult; June 30, 2006; Iona Island, Vancouver

Note Authors: Rick Toochin and Jamie Fenneman

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNAAccidentalNot Listed
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2023-09-24 2:02:07 PM]
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