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What does a whip-poor-will eat?

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Whip-poor-wills emerge at dusk to feed on beetles, mosquitoes, moths and other night-flying insects in the dark. During the day, it sleeps well-camouflaged on the lower limbs of trees with its body parallel to the branch.

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The species is found throughout the Eastern United States and parts of the Midwest. Named for and well-known by its distinctive call, the cryptic colors of the whip-poor-will make it difficult to discover. Reaching 8 to 10 inches in length, the bird bears a short bill and long, rounded tail and wings. To ward off predators that approach, the bird may give a short, sharp whistle, hiss or clap its wings.

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