Order Caprimulgiformes

Family Nyctibiidae

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  • Medium-sized nocturnal birds with large head, small body, long wings and tail, and very short legs.
  • Neotropical.
  • Forests, mainly humid.
  • 21-58 cm.
  • 1 genus, 7 species, 15 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Cohn-Haft, M. (2019). Potoos (Nyctibiidae). 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/52264 on 11 December 2019).