Oilbird (Steatornithidae)

Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) - HBW 5, p. 251

French: Guacharo des cavernes German: Fettschwalm Spanish: Guácharo
Other common names: Diablotin (Trinidad)

Taxonomy: Steatornis caripensis Humboldt, 1817, Caripe, Venezuela.
Shows some owl-like features, but nowadays generally considered to be a caprimulgiform; regarded as an early offshoot within the order, probably closest to Nyctibiidae and Caprimulgidae. Monotypic.

Distribution: Panama and Colombia E to Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana and N Brazil and S to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; also recorded in Costa Rica.