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 15 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 5 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 4 years ago 47 sec 4.6
Different views of and adult individual with a chick on a branch Locality Sani Lodge, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp grandis)
Stefan Behrens 31 August 2005 5 years ago 36 sec 4.5
An adult roosting with its young chick Locality Sani Lodge, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp grandis)
Josep del Hoyo 30 August 2007 5 years ago 50 sec 4.4
Different views of a bird in its day roost Locality Soberanía National Park, Panama (ssp grandis)
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2010 2 years ago 46 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 15 photos
A well camouflaged individual.
Locality Villavicencio, Meta Department, Colombia (ssp grandis)
Ken Havard 12 March 2010 29 weeks ago 4.3
A bird and his cub.
Locality Cáceres, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Tatiana Colombo 11 November 2006 4 years ago 4.1
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 1 year ago 4.1
Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
brendan keelan 1 September 2008 4 weeks ago 4
Perched at daytime roost
Locality Pantanal, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Philip Perry 2 September 2010 47 weeks ago 4
Great Potoo, lateral view,
Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Mark Andrews 10 August 2009 3 years ago 3.9