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
A view of a daylight roosting bird Locality Canopy Tower, Soberanía National Park, Panama (ssp grandis)
Dave Jackson 8 April 2007 5 years ago 20 sec 3.7
An adult and a chick at its nest, high in a tree Locality Sani Lodge, Orellana Province, Ecuador (ssp grandis)
Josep del Hoyo 30 August 2007 5 years ago 42 sec 3.7
A perched bird at night, briefly shows its eyes Locality Soberanía National Park, Panama (ssp grandis)
Juan Sanabria 1 November 2010 2 years ago 30 sec 3.4
A bird perched on a tree Locality Amazonia Lodge, Kosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (ssp grandis)
Virgilio Yábar Calderón 15 August 2002 7 years ago 10 sec 3.4
A bird keeping still on a high branch Locality Panama (ssp grandis)
Rigdon Currie 28 February 2001 5 years ago 12 sec 3
An individual perched on a tree Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp grandis)
Josep del Hoyo 14 June 2001 10 years ago 17 sec 3
PhotosSee all 15 photos
Adult perched on a stick.
Locality Mana, French Guiana (ssp grandis)
Patrick Ingremeau 23 August 2008 2 years ago 3.5
Great Potoos (adult and juvenile) at daytime roost
Locality Napo Wildlife Center, Orellana Province, Ecuador
Ron Flemal 11 September 2008 4 years ago 3.5
Individual perched on a branch roosting during the daylight hours.
Locality Arenal region, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Miriam Bauman 6 February 2011 2 years ago 3.5
Locality San José del Guaviare, Guaviare Department, Colombia (ssp grandis)
mauricio rueda 17 March 2012 1 year ago 3.4
Dorsal view of perched bird
Locality Pepperpot, Paramaribo, Paramaribo District, Suriname (ssp grandis)
Mikko Pyhälä 28 April 2012 1 year ago 3.4
adult sleeping on a Branch of tree
Locality Cojedes State, Venezuela
Ferran Vaquero 10 July 2010 2 years ago 3.2