Common potoo

Common potoo
Nyctibius griseus
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Common name:

Order Caprimulgiformes
Family Nyctibiidae

This species is found in tropical Central and South America, from Costa Rica to northern Argentina and Uruguay.

The common potoo is 33-38 cm long and has a wingspan of 80 cm. They weigh 160-230 g.

Common potoos are found in rainforests, coniferous or evergreen forests, savannas and in grassland where there are a few trees, generally preferring open forests and forests edges. They can also be found in plantations. They are present from sea level up to an altitude of 1.800 m.

These birds forage at nigth, hunting flying, nocturnal insects including moths, grasshoppers, beetles, termites, and fireflies.

Common potoos breed in October-March. They don’t build a nest, laying the egg directly in a depression in a tree limb, 3-18 m above the ground. The female lays 1 white egg with lilac spots, which is incubated by both parents for 29-33 days. The chicks is fed by both parents and fledges 45-51 days later. Each pair raises a single chick per season.

IUCN status – LC (Least concern)
This species has an extremely large breeding range and is described as common. The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.

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