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COMMON POTOO... large bird related to the nightjars and frogmouths, but like other potoos it lacks the bristles around the mouth found in the true nightjars. It is 33–38 cm long and pale greyish to brown, finely patterned with black and buff, camouflaged to look like a log; this is a safety measure to help protect it from predators, but its mode of perch is also a camouflage. It has large orange eyes.

Potoos or Patoo birds, are sometimes called Poor-me-ones, after their haunting calls & are related to the nightjars & frogmouths. These are nocturnal insectivores which lack the bristles around the mouth found in the true nightjars. They hunt from a perch like a shrike or flycatcher. During the day they perch upright on tree stumps, camouflaged to look like part of the stump. The single spotted egg is laid directly on the top of a stump.

Yucatan Jay, found in Belize, Guatemala, & southern Mexico. Natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests & heavily degraded former forests.

A Tawny Frog Mouth bird demonstrating the elongated posture it uses to imitate a tree branch if disturbed during the day. Photo T.J. Collins.

This mystery bird is from Thailand. From where does it get its brilliant colours? (Is it Thai-dyed?) ---LOL