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There are many accounts of the flying clown, in books, nearly all of which refer to him as bull-bat or nighthawk, and a member of the
Bird Stories Robert J. [Illustrator] Sim
-- The nighthawk, or bull-bat, also renders important service in the destruction of weevils, and catches them on the wing in considerable numbers, especially during its migration.
Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation William Temple Hornaday 1895
A near relative, the bull-bat, or nighthawk, seemed hardly less wonderful.
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth John Muir 1876
The "snort" of the grizzly bear from the rocky ledge -- the howling bark of the coyote -- the "hoo-hoop" of the burrowing owl, and the shrill periodical cries of the bull-bat and goatsucker.
The White Chief A Legend of Northern Mexico Mayne Reid 1850
By day the cooing of doves, the soft tones of the golden oriole, and the lively chatter of the red cardinal; by night the booming note of the bull-bat, the sonorous call of the trumpeter swan, and that lay far excelling all -- the clear song of the polyglot thrush, the famed mocking-bird of
The Lone Ranche Mayne Reid 1850
We also killed a large bull-bat or goatsucker, of which there are many in this neighborhood, resembling in every respect those of the same species in the United States.