Birds of Colombia

    CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Nyctibiidae (Potoos)  
Genus: Nyctibius (5 species, 7 worldwide)

Genus Nyctibius, Potoos, are large nightbirds which perch upright during the day on an open perch, usually using camouflage.


Long-tailed Potoo
Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus chocoensis)
Mutatá, Antioquia, Colombia
  The 'choco' race in Colombia, one of three, is browner than others.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Long-tailed Potoo
Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus aethereus)
REGUA, Cachoeiras de Macacu, RJ, Brazil  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Larger and browner than the [Common Potoo], with a longer wider tail. Yellow eyes. Also has a light buff vertical shoulder patch about half length of wing.
Browner in evening light, with head horizontal.

Rufous Potoo
Rufous Potoo (Nyctibius bracteatus)
Tena, Napo Province, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Eric Gropp     Copyright and usage info

Rufous Potoo
Rufous Potoo (Nyctibius bracteatus)
Amazonas, Brazil  
   
Photograph by João Sérgio Barros F. de Souza   © All Rights Reserved.

The smallest potoo.

Great Potoo
Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Large: over half a meter from head to tail. Note light color and scary call heard at night.
At night.

Common Potoo
Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)
Laguna Sonso, Buga, Colombia
  Bright yellow eye. Like all potoos, rests perched vertically during daylight hours.
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

At around 35 cm., significantly smaller than the [Long-tailed Potoo] and [Great Potoo]. Has variation of color from reddish brown to greyish brown.
At night.

Andean Potoo
Andean Potoo (Nyctibius maculosus)
Peru  
   
Photograph by Dominic Sherony     Copyright and usage info

Rare and local.


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