POTOOS   -   NYCTIBIIDAE


Great Potoo - Nyctibius grandis
Great Potoo
Nyctibius grandis
Fazenda Santa Tereza (Pantanal Wildlife Center), Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Potoos are well-known for their ability to blend in with the tree that they are sleeping on. This Great Potoo, at any kind of distance, looked just like a broken branch. (S6)


Great Potoo - Nyctibius grandis
Great Potoo
Nyctibius grandis
El Valle, Chocó department, Colombia.
It was interesting to see this species in the Colombian Chocó, since it does not occur at all in the Ecuadorian Chocó. The local guide, Balmes, had it staked out. (S8)


Great Potoo - Nyctibius grandis
Great Potoo
Nyctibius grandis
Atalaya, Madre de Dios region, Peru.
A nestling almost ready to fledge. 30 Sep 2013. (S8)


Long-tailed Potoo - Nyctibius aethereus
Long-tailed Potoo
Nyctibius aethereus longicaudatus
Floresta Amazonica hotel, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
We accidentally flushed it off a day roost in the forest patch behind the hotel. (D3)


Common Potoo - Nyctibius griseus
Common Potoo
Nyctibius griseus griseus
Amazonia Lodge, Madre de Dios department, Peru.
On a nest, probably incubating eggs. (D2)



Northern Potoo - Nyctibius jamaicensis
Northern Potoo
Nyctibius jamaicensis lambi
San Blas, Nayarit state, Mexico.
This bird is brooding one rather large nestling, making it appear far broader than it really is. That's a loose feather sticking up from its head, not an ear tuft. (S1)


Andean Potoo - Nyctibius maculosus
Andean Potoo
Nyctibius maculosus
Tapichalaca Reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
A rather local species in higher elevation cloudforest in the Andes south to Bolivia. It is generally thought of as being rare, but it is likely overlooked to a certain extent, as it has been found around cloudforest lodges throughout most of its known range. (S7)


Rufous Potoo - Nyctibius bracteatus
Rufous Potoo
Nyctibius bracteatus
Gareno Lodge, Orellana province, Ecaudor.
Arguably the most attractive of the family. They are amazingly common around Gareno, considering they never seem to be seen near most of the other Amazon lodges in Ecuador. (S3)



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