from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The goatsuckers are a group of birds whose members include the poorwill whip or not, the nighthawk, and yes, the pauraque.
Their weird cries are reflected in the common names for many of the species, e.g., whippoorwill, chuck-will's-widow, poorwill, poor-me-one, potoo, and pauraque.
An explanation that does nothing for most folks around here, unless they used to live back East and have an idea what a poorwill is.
On the second night there was a scare when a poorwill swooped over the restless herd, uttering its mournful cry.