8 Night-Flying American Birds

Yellow warblers

4.5-inch yellow warblers live in northwestern  America. These spring and fall migrants are nocturnal flyers. Birds that seek to avoid hawks often migrate at night.


Day and night, killdeer are active. You can see them foraging at night during non-breeding season and when the moon is full or almost full. Fewer predators and more insects.

Antrostomus vociferus

nocturnal nightjar Antrostomus vociferus. They snooze on the ground or in trees at night before hunting moths. They reside in eastern U.S. forests and are grey and brown.

Barn Owl

Owls belong on any list of night-flying birds. The barn owl is nocturnal, unlike other owls. They seek for food at night while shrieking raspily.

Great Horned Owl

They hunt at night. They hunt in the dark with sight and hearing. These owls inhabit in North American forests, deserts, towns, and meadows.

 Alder Flycatcher 

Night-migrating alder flycatchers. They winter in South America. Insect-loving birds migrate through alder swamps, thickets, and woods.

Northern Mockingbirds

Mockingbirds don't always sleep. These daytime-active birds sing all night to attract mates and defend their territory. Nighttime slow flight annoys trespassing birds.


Nightingales have loud trills, whistles, and gurgles. In addition to migrating at night, males sing all night. Males chant at night to serenade migrating females.

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