An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Nighthawks and Potoos  

Nighthawks and Potoos are in the same order, Caprimulgiformes. Nighthawks rest horizontally, and potoos vertically. Both look for insects in the night.


Lyre-tailed Nightjar
Lyre-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis lyra) Male
Farallones National Park, Valle de Cauca, Colombia
A male with a tail at full length

Swallow-tailed Nightjar
Swallow-tailed Nightjar (Uropsalis segmentata) Female
San Sebastian Reserve, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
The female is a very generic nighthawk, while the male has a very long tail.

Common Potoo
Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia

Common Potoo perched
Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus)
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Great Potoo
Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia
A large potoo.


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