BIRD OF THE WEEK — COMMON POTOO — AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Nyctibius griseus
POPULATION: Unknown
TREND: Stable
HABITAT: Resident breeder in open woodlands and savannah

The odd-looking Common Potoo looks similar to the Eastern Whip-poor-will and Chuck-will’s Widow and forages at night as they do. It can be located by the reflection of light from its huge yellow eyes and by its haunting song, the subject of much local folklore. In Peru, its song evokes the tale of a lost child calling for his or her mother.

Although considered common, the population of Common Potoo is suspected to be in decline due to ongoing habitat loss.

 

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