Nyctibiidae – Potoos

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) by Daves BirdingPix

For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. (Job 34:21-22 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CAPRIMULGIFORMES, Family – Nyctibiidae – Potoos

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Species (7)

Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis)
Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus)
Northern Potoo (Nyctibius jamaicensis)
Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)
Andean Potoo (Nyctibius maculosus)
White-winged Potoo (Nyctibius leucopterus)
Rufous Potoo (Nyctibius bracteatus)


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The potoos are a family, Nyctibiidae of near passerine birds related to the nightjars and frogmouths. They are sometimes called Poor-me-ones, after their haunting calls. There are seven species in one genus, Nyctibius, in tropical Central and South America.

These are nocturnal insectivores which lack the bristles around the mouth found in the true nightjars. They hunt from a perch like a shrike or flycatcher. During the day they perch upright on tree stumps, camouflaged to look like part of the stump. The single spotted egg is laid directly on the top of a stump. (Wikipedia with editing)

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