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Potoo, Northern
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Nyctibius jamaicensis
Belize, Caribbean, Cayman Islands, Central America and Caribbean, Central America excluding Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Global, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico Read more
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Partners in Flight estimate the total population to number 50,000-499,999 individuals (A. Panjabi in litt. 2008). ...
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It is a fairly large bird with a length of 38-46 centimetres. It has a long tail, long pointed wings, large head, very short legs and a small bill with a large gape. It is most commonly seen perched motionless in an upright position on branches or posts. The plumage is grey-brown with an intricate pattern of black, grey and cream markings. The cheeks are pale with a dark malar stripe below them. The large eye has a yellow iris which can shine red in light at night. The bird's calls are hoarse and guttural. They sound like "WHAAAH-whuh-whuh-whuh!" ...
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