Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus)

Order: Caprimulgiformes Family: Nyctibiidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult & Chick | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~50.7 cm (20 in). The Long-tailed Potoo is overall rufous with a yellow iris. Some individuals are gray-brown. It has a white patch on the wing coverts (shoulder area) visible when the wing is folded. The broad and long tail projects well beyond the wingtips when the bird is perched. It is similar to the rufous color morph of a Common Potoo but is distinguished by the white patch on the shoulders, broad and long tail, and by occupying the interior forest. Also, see the smaller and range-restricted White-winged Potoo.

Status: The Long-tailed Potoo is rare and apparently local in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Nictibio de Cola Larga.

Sub-species: Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus longicaudatus), Spix 1825

Meaning of Name: Nyctibius: Gr. Nuktos: night and bioō: to live. aethereus: L. aetherius= high, in the air, in the sky..

See more of the Family Nyctibiidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.