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Common Potoo
Nyctibius griseus (Gmelin, JF, 1789)
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Order:
  Caprimulgiformes
Family:
  Nyctibiidae
Genus:
  Nyctibius

Scientific:
  Nyctibius griseus

Citation:
  (Gmelin, JF, 1789)

Reference:
  Syst.Nat. 1 pt2 p.1029

Protonym:
  Caprimulgus griseus

Avibase ID:
  7333ADB3332EB885

Taxomic Serial Number:
TSN: 177956

Geographic range:

  • Nyctibius griseus griseus: Colombia to Guianas, Trinidad, Tobago, Brazil and n Argentina
  • Nyctibius griseus panamensis: eastern Nicaragua, and southwestern Costa Rica, south to Panama and northwestern South America, west of the Andes to northwestern Peru, and east to northwestern Venezuela
Source: Clements checklist

English:
  Common Potoo
Czech:
  potu obecný
German:
  Urutau-Tagschläfer
Danish:
  Potu
Spanish:
  Nictibio Urutaú
Finnish:
  harmaapökkelökehrääjä
French:
  Ibijau gris
Italian:
  Nittibio comune
Japanese:
  haiirotachiyotaka
Japanese:
  ハイイロタチヨタカ
Dutch:
  Grijze Reuzennachtzwaluw
Norwegian:
  Fløytepotu
Polish:
  nocolot szary
Portuguese:
  Urutau-comum
Portuguese (Brazil):
  Mãe-da-lua
Russian:
  Серый лесной козодой
Slovak:
  lelkovec urutau
Swedish:
  grå poto
Chinese:
  林鸱


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 40th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 41st suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (1998):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 42nd suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 43rd suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 44th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 45th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 46th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 47th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 48th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 49th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 50th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 51st suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 52nd suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 53rd suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 54th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 55th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 56th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 57th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 58th suppl.):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
   Ibijau gris ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
   Ibijau gris ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
   Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (24/10/2003):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (14/09/2005):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (16/07/2006):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (26/09/2007):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (01/05/2008):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (30/09/2009):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (19/08/2010):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (8/08/2011):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (8/02/2012):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (4/09/2012):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (17/03/2013):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (9/02/2014):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (16/02/2015):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (28/07/2016):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
South American Classification Committee (22/04/2017):
   Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus)
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
    Nyctibius griseus [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
    Nyctibius griseus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies ofNULL Nyctibius [griseus or jamaicensis] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms

Catalan: Nictibi comú
Czech: potu obecný, Potu šedý
Danish: Potu
German: Urutau-Tagschläfer
English: Common Potoo, Gray Potoo, Grey Potoo, Paraguayan Potoo
Spanish: Biemparado Común, Bienparado norteño, Estaquero Común, Nictibio común, Nictibio Urutaú, Pajáro estaca menor, Urutaú, Urutaú Común
Spanish (Argentine): Urutaú, Urutaú común
Spanish (Colombia): Biemparado Común, Bienparado común
Spanish (Costa Rica): Nictibio común
Spanish (Spain): Nictibio Urutaú
Spanish (Honduras): Pajáro estaca menor
Spanish (Mexico): bienparado norteño
Spanish (Nicaragua): Estaquero Común
Spanish (Panama): Nictibio Común
Spanish (Peru): Nictibio Común
Spanish (Paraguay): Urutaú
Spanish (Uruguay): Urutaú
Spanish (Venezuela): Nictibio Grisáceo
Estonian: hall-tüükasorr
Finnish: Harmaapökkelökehrääjä
French: Ibijau gris
Guarani: Guaimingue, Urutau
Hungarian: közönséges álmosmadár
Italian: Nittibio comune
Japanese: haiirotachiyotaka
Japanese: ハイイロタチヨタカ
Latin: Caprimulgus griseus, Nyctibius griseus, Nyctibius griseus griseus
Lithuanian: Pilkasis didlėlys
Dutch: Grijze Reuzennachtzwaluw
Norwegian: Fløytepotu
Polish: Nocolot jamajski, nocolot szary
Portuguese: jurutáu, Mãe-da-lua, urutágo, urutau, Urutau-comum, urutau-pequeno
Portuguese (Brazil): jurutáu, Mãe-da-lua, urutágo, urutau, urutau-pequeno
Portuguese (Portugal): Mãe-da-lua
Russian: Серый исполинский козодой, Серый лесной козодой, серый потоо, серый потто
Slovak: Lelkovec urutau
Serbian: Obični potu
Swedish: grå poto, Grå tandnattskärra
Chinese: 林鸱
Chinese (Traditional): 灰林鴟

 

         

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