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Great Potoo

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Photo by megan perkinsTambopata River, Peru, December 2005
Photo by megan perkins
Tambopata River, Peru, December 2005
Nyctibius grandis


[edit] Identification

Potoos are neotropical relatives of nightjars and frogmouths.
They resemble giant nightjars (about 20 inches or 51 cm long) but with the upright posture of an owl.

[edit] Distribution

Central and South America: found from extreme southern Mexico to northern Bolivia, Paraguay and south-eastern Brazil

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Humid lowland forest

[edit] Behaviour

They hunt insects from exposed perches at night and roost hidden in the trees by day.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from

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