Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis) - HBW 5, p. 299
French: Grand Ibijau
Spanish: Nictibio Grande
Other common names: Grand Potoo
Taxonomy: Caprimulgus grandis J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Cayenne.
Currently accepted races are doubtfully valid, and perhaps represent merely extremes in broad geographical size trends and individual plumage variation. No taxonomically recognized variation in most of extensive range, despite great genetic divergence on opposite sides of Andes and possible population disjunction between Amazonia and Atlantic forest; may contain undescribed “cryptic” taxa. Two subspecies tentatively accepted.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- guatemalensis Land & Schultz, 1963 - extreme S Mexico, Guatemala, and possibly Honduras.
- grandis (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Nicaragua to N South America, where mostly E of Andes throughout Amazonia to N Paraguay, and in SE Brazil; may occur locally between Amazonia and Atlantic forest regions.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 16 videos
Several views of a perched bird. Locality Curicaca Wildlife Refuge, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Alex García · Videoaves 4 July 2008 4 years ago 46 sec 4.8
Several shots of an individual in a tree by day, keeping completely still Locality Curicaca Wildlife Refuge, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Alex García · Videoaves 31 March 2006 6 years ago 27 sec 4.7
An adult brooding a chick in a tree Locality Sacha Lodge, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp grandis)
Josep del Hoyo 2 September 2007 5 years ago 47 sec 4.6
Different views of and adult individual with a chick on a branch Locality Sani Lodge, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador (ssp grandis)
Stefan Behrens 31 August 2005 6 years ago 36 sec 4.5
Bird in a tree by daytime. Locality Pouso Alegre Lodge, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Alain Fossé 23 September 2013 17 weeks ago 6 min 15 sec 4.4
An adult roosting with its young chick Locality Sani Lodge, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador (ssp grandis)
Josep del Hoyo 30 August 2007 5 years ago 50 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 22 photos
A bird perched on a branch close to the river side.
Locality Manu National Park, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp grandis)
Jose Ramon 9 October 2011 6 weeks ago 4.4
Juvenile bird on day-roost in a very tall Ceiba tree.
Locality Sani Lodge, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador (ssp grandis)
Dusan Brinkhuizen 24 August 2013 9 weeks ago 4.3
bird resting on branch high up in tree at Frederiksdorp
Locality Paramaribo District, Suriname (ssp grandis)
Tom Heijnen 12 February 2011 17 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
brendan keelan 1 September 2008 46 weeks ago 4.3
A well camouflaged individual.
Locality Villavicencio, Meta Department, Colombia (ssp grandis)
Ken Havard 12 March 2010 1 year ago 4.3
An adult perched on a tree trunk.
Locality Embiara Lodge, Nhecolândia, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Carmelo López 12 November 2011 2 years ago 4.2