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Northern Potoo

Nyctibius jamaicensis


The Northern Potoo is a nocturnal bird belonging to the potoo family, Nyctibiidae. It is found from Mexico south to Costa Rica and on the islands of Jamaica and Hispaniola


Potoo are abnormal looking nightjars, which use very stiff positions looking straight up to blend in with trees during the day. At night, they perch on exposed tree limbs, and hunt for food items. This bird was photographed during a night excursion in the Mangroves of San Blas, Mexico. Photographing using lights, no flash.

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DDO 6 years ago

I've seen many of these birds when I was a kid. I didn't even know the name. How wonderful to see a pic and think of that time!

kdpicturemaker 6 years ago

Incredible eye! Slight resemblance to Australia's frogmouths.

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Nayarit, Mexico

Spotted on Mar 31, 2014
Submitted on Mar 31, 2014

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