Upon witnessing this creature anyone present feels bizarre. Sometimes, it can look like a branch of a tree and on other occasions, it makes itself look like a log. You might think it is a doll or a dummy, but again… you are wrong! In fact, that is a bird which is commonly known as ‘Potoo’. The bird has the ability to camouflage to its surroundings.
The scientific name of ‘Potoo’ is Nyctibius Grandis, and it is native to Central and South America. It is a nocturnal bird that perches on stumps in upright position during the day time, in a camouflage aiming to save itself from predators. Thanks to that camouflage, the bird is rarely found.
If you want to learn more about this strange creature, go through the photos and information below.
Potoo is a nocturnal creature and its eyes are large, reflecting light. Even with its eyes closed, this bird can sense movement in its surroundings.
These birds are rarely seen not because they have less population but because they can perfectly camouflage. These creatures have large habitat, ranging from Mexico to Argentina, and 5 different species diversely living in Amazon Basin and humid and drier forests of other countries. They are found in South and Central America, in Tobago, Jamaica and Hispaniola.
To feed themselves, these birds perch on a tree branch and fly out to catch passing insects, including, grasshoppers, beetles, moths and termites.
Poots are monogamous breeders and for incubating eggs and raising chicks, both male and female birds share responsibilities and parental duties throughout the day and night. Often the male incubates the eggs on a branch and after one month of laying the eggs, the small birds hatch and the nestling phase lasts for another two months.
These birds look like nightjars or frogmouths and have large eyes and broad bills, as well as large heads in comparison to their body size.