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Common Potoo

Nyctibius griseus (Gmelin, JF, 1789)

The common potoo, or poor-me-ones, or urutau is one of seven species within the genus Nyctibius. It is notable for its large, yellow eyes and comically wide mouth. Potoos are nocturnal near passerines related to nightjars and frogmouths. They lack the characteristic bristles around the mouths of true nightjars. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Caprimulgiformes
Family:
  Nyctibiidae
Genus:
   Nyctibius
Scientific:
  Nyctibius griseus


Original description

Citation:
  (Gmelin, JF, 1789)

Reference:
  Syst.Nat. p.1029

Protonym:
  Caprimulgus griseus

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/2656524


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  7333ADB3332EB885

Avibase ID:
  avibase-7333ADB3

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/7333ADB3


Taxonomic 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
English:
Common Potoo
Catalan:
Nictibi comú
Czech:
potu obecný
Danish:
Potu
German:
Klagetagschläfer
Spanish:
Nictibio Urutaú
Spanish (Spain):
Nictibio Urutaú
Finnish:
harmaapökkelökehrääjä
French:
Ibijau gris
Croatian:
smeđokrili potu
Hungarian:
közönséges álmosmadár
Italian:
Nittibio comune
Japanese (romaji):
haiirotachiyotaka
Japanese:
ハイイロタチヨタカ
Lithuanian:
Pilkasis didlėlys
Dutch:
Grijze Reuzennachtzwaluw
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Fløytepotu
Norwegian:
Fløytepotu
Polish:
nocolot szary
Portuguese:
urutau
Portuguese (Brazil):
urutau
Russian:
Серый уратао
Slovak:
lelkovec urutau
Serbian:
Obični potu
Swedish:
grå poto
Ukrainian:
Поту малий
Chinese:
林鸱
Chinese (Traditional):
灰林鴟


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 40th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 41st suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (1998):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 42nd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 43rd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 44th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 45th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 46th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 47th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 48th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 49th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 50th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 51st suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 52nd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 53rd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 54th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 55th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 56th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 57th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 58th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 59th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 60th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 61st suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 61st suppl. and addendum):
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American Ornithologists' Society 7th edition (incl. 62nd suppl.):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
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Birdlife checklist version 00:
Grey Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
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Birdlife checklist version 02:
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Birdlife checklist version 03:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
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Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
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Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
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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, version 2021:
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Clements 4th edition:
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Clements 5th edition (as published):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 2019:
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eBird version 2021:
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 12.1:
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Sibley and Monroe (1993):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
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Sibley and Monroe, Birds of the World Version 2.0:
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South American Classification Committee (24/10/2003):
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South American Classification Committee (14/09/2005):
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South American Classification Committee (16/07/2006):
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South American Classification Committee (26/09/2007):
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South American Classification Committee (01/05/2008):
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South American Classification Committee (30/09/2009):
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South American Classification Committee (19/08/2010):
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South American Classification Committee (8/08/2011):
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South American Classification Committee (8/02/2012):
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South American Classification Committee (4/09/2012):
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South American Classification Committee (17/03/2013):
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South American Classification Committee (9/02/2014):
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South American Classification Committee (16/02/2015):
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South American Classification Committee (28/07/2016):
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South American Classification Committee (22/04/2017):
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South American Classification Committee (4/06/2018):
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South American Classification Committee (6/06/2019):
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South American Classification Committee (20/02/2020):
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South American Classification Committee (8/06/2020):
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South American Classification Committee (24/08/2021):
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Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
Common Potoo ( Nyctibius griseus) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Nyctibius griseus [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
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Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

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

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Other synonyms


Catalan: Nictibi comú
Carib: Pirikoko, Woka
Czech: potu obecný, Potu šedý
Danish: Potu
German: Klagetagschläfer, Urutau-Tagschläfer
English: Common Potoo, Gray Potoo, Grey Potoo, Paraguayan Potoo
English, HBW: Common Potoo
English (IOC): Common Potoo
English (United States): Common Potoo
Esperanto: Griza niktibio, komuna niktibio, urutauo
Spanish: Biemparado Común, Bienparado norteño, Estaquero Común, Nictibio común, Nictibio Urutaú, Pajáro estaca menor, Urutaú, Urutaú Común
Spanish (Argentine): Urutaú, Urutaú común
Spanish (Chile): Urutaú
Spanish (Colombia): Biemparado Común, Bienparado común
Spanish (Costa Rica): Nictibio común
Spanish (Ecuador): Nictibio (Puntepalo) Común
Spanish (Spain): Nictibio Urutaú
Spanish (HBW): Common Potoo
Spanish (Honduras): Pajáro estaca menor
Spanish (Mexico): bienparado norteño
Spanish (Nicaragua): Estaquero Común
Spanish (Panama): Nictibio Común
Spanish (Peru): Nictibio Común
Spanish (Paraguay): Urutaú, Urutaú común
Spanish (Uruguay): Urutaú
Spanish (Venezuela): Nictibio Grisáceo
Estonian: hall-tüükasorr
Finnish: Harmaapökkelökehrääjä
French: Ibijau gris
Guianese Creole French: Eg-lannwit
Guarani: Guaimingue, Urutau
Croatian: smeđokrili potu
Hungarian: közönséges álmosmadár
Italian: Nittibio comune
Japanese (romaji): haiirotachiyotaka
Japanese: ハイイロタチヨタカ
Kazakh: сұр орман тентекқұсы
Karipúna Creole French: Macoco
Kirghiz: боз дөөбайкуш
Scientific: Caprimulgus griseus, Nyctibius griseus, Nyctibius griseus griseus
Lithuanian: Pilkasis didlėlys
Dutch: Grijze Reuzennachtzwaluw
Norwegian Nynorsk: Fløytepotu
Norwegian: Fløytepotu
Wayampi: Ulutau, Yaikowa
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, nictíbio-comum
Russian: Серый исполинский козодой, Серый лесной козодой, серый потоо, серый потто, Серый уратао
Slovak: Lelkovec urutau
Serbian: Obični potu
Sranan: Butabuta, Yorkafowru
Swedish: grå poto, Grå tandnattskärra
Turkish: Urutau putusu
Ukrainian: Поту малий
Wayana: Mïlo
Chinese: 林鸱
Chinese (Traditional): 灰林鴟

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