Is it a Bird or a Tree Limb?

Common Potoo
Montibelli Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

Common Potoo
Montibelli Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

This is one of the coolest birds in Central America that I’ve seen only three times and good photographs only twice now. Notice especially in the first photo how he could be mistaken for part of the tree, a broken limb, stump, etc. It is an interesting disguise that keeps a lot of birders and others from ever seeing him, including predators. My other good photograph was in Panama, a Panama City Park of all places! We saw one on Rio Frio at Los Chiles, Costa Rica but the two photos are not good. Now I need a good one in Costa Rica!  🙂

About the Common Potoo on Cornell’s NeotropicalBirds

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