Order Caprimulgiformes

Family Steatornithidae

Oilbird
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General
  • Large nocturnal fruit-eating birds, with hooked bill, wide gape, long wings and tail, and short legs.
  • NW South America to Trinidad.
  • Roosts and nests gregariously in caves, locally from sea-level up to 3400 m; feeds in subtropical forests.
  • 40-49 cm.
  • 1 genus, 1 species, 1 taxon.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Thomas, B.T. (2017). Oilbird (Steatornithidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52261 on 25 November 2017).