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Potoo, Great
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Nyctibius grandis
Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Central America and Caribbean, Central America excluding Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Global, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South America, Suriname, Venezuela Read more
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Partners in Flight estimate the total population to number 500,000-4,999,999 individuals (A. Panjabi in litt. 2008). ...
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Though related to the nightjars, like other potoos it lacks the bristles around the mouth found in the true nightjars (Caprimulgidae). The Great Potoo is larger than a crow at 48–60 cm (19-24 inches) long and 360-650 grams (12.7 oz-1.4 lb). Wingspan in these bird is typically around 70 to 80.4 cm (28 to 31.7 in), though larger specimens can attain 100 cm (39 in).[ 2] [ 3] Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 34.2 to 40 cm (13.5 to 16 in), the tail is 22 to 29.5 cm (8.7 to 11.6 in), the bill is 1.6 to 2.2 cm (0.63 to 0.87 in) and the tarsus is 2.6 to 3.7 cm (1.0 to 1.5 in).[ 4] This potoo's size is distinctive when it is seen. It is pale greyish to brown, finely patterned with black and buff. It has large orange eyes. The overall appearance is pale and grayish. The underside is barred and vermiculated, including the buffy chest. The tail is barred with sharply defined black borders, while the head and back are mottled with gray and buff. Like most members of their order, the Great Potoo has plumage that is well-suited for camouflage. ...
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