Order
Caprimulgiformes
Family
Nyctibiidae
Genus
Nyctibius
 
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Version 1.0

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SPECIES

Long-tailed Potoo Nyctibius aethereus

Sulli Gibson
Version: 1.0 — Published November 14, 2014

Behavior

Introduction

Like all other Nyctibius potoos, Long-tailed Potoo is nocturnal.

Long-tailed Potoo forages for flying insects by sallying out in short, acrobatic bouts, often appearing clumsy and over-sized (Cohn-Haft 1999).

When roosting, it is usually found on dead, vertical, or horizontal branches up to 20 m or higher from the ground. Long-tailed Potoo can also sometimes be flushed from the ground or sitting on perches close to the ground. When approached, it will slowly assume an alarm posture, elongating its body and 'freezing' with its eyes wide open until the danger has passed (Cleere 1998).

Territoriality

No information is available but it is presumed that individuals maintain loose territories consisting of their favorite perches, as do other species of potoo (Cohn-Haft 1999).

Sexual Behavior

Undescribed; Long-tailed Potoo presumably is at least socially monagamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

All populations of Long-tailed Potoo are presumably sedentary (Cleere 1998).

Predation

There are no reports of predation on Long-tailed Potoo.

Recommended Citation

Gibson, S. (2014). Long-tailed Potoo (Nyctibius aethereus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.lotpot1.01