Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)


Many species are experts at mimicry and camouflaging with their surroundings in order to remain undisturbed or unseen by predators or their prey. The common potoo, without a doubt, is one of the most talented players of “hide and seek.”

It is a nocturnal bird living in the lowland forests of southern Central America and northern South America. At night, potoos explore the forests in search of flying insects to catch. During the daytime, they can be found roosting upright on snags (standing dead trees). It is astonishing how not only their feather coloration, but also their behavior makes them look just like a tree stump!

New species are found every. single. day. If this creature exists here today, imagine what else is out there! Help conserve these critters and share these great wildlife discoveries with family and friends. Everyone deserves to learn about the beauty Mother Earth holds.


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