Common Nighthawks are medium-sized, slender birds with long pointed wings. On the underside of the wings they have distinct white patches near the end, oe "wrist." They have very short legs, a tiny bill, and small flat head with very dark eyes. Looking rather round while perched, in flight they are fairly slim. Nighthawks have excellent camouflage, with gray, white, buff, and black patches mottled throughout their feathers, blending in so completely well. They are sometimes often mistaken as a small or baby owl, when in fact they just have similar plumage patterns. If you see one during the day, leave it alone! It is resting before an evening of hunting insects.