The world's most brazenly hidden bird -- the common potoo

  • Am Vor 8 years

    Dr Jonny MillerDr Jonny Miller

    The incredible common potoo isn't much to look at -- so much so that you'll struggle to see it at all! In a bold display of camouflage and mimicry, this bird pretends to be a broken tree branch. To do so, it poses absolutely still, bravely evading predators in plain view of them. The potoo in this video is particularly fearless -- switch the quality up to HD and watch to find out why she's so determined not to be scared away from her perch.

    Although you might not see them, the common potoo is, indeed, common in at least parts of its range. This rage extends from Nicaragua in Central America, south to Argentina. Six other species of potoo are known of, all generally similar in appearance and all performing the same posturing cryptic behaviour. Potoos have large eyes and a huge mouth -- features they share with the closely related nightjars.

    As mentioned in the video, potoos squint their eyes in order to not expose their bright yellow irises and give the game away while keeping track of potential predators. Fortunately for them, potoos have an amazing, subtle adaptation -- slight notches in the eyelids, which are presumed to enable them to see even when their eyes are apparently closed.

    Again like the nightjars, the eyes of the potoo are highly reflective to artificial light. Being incredibly cryptic, their eye-shine means that a night time stalk with a torch light is the best way to locate them.

    If you've watched the video by now, then you'll know that this potoo has a young chick. Potoos lay just a single egg, and most commonly do so in the slight bowl of a tree branch or broken stump like the one in the video. Potoos form monogamous pairs, sharing responsibility for raising the young. Some evidence suggests that, during the day, egg incubation and chick protection duties are performed by the males of breeding pairs, with the females taking the night shift.

    However, over a 36-hour period, there were no 'shift-changes' in this potoo family, making for one no-doubt exhausted parent who we have arbitrarily (males and females have similar colouring) designated as the female!

Sheri
Sheri

I will call you Drax since you've mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still that you become invisible to the eye.

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Jheanell Tabana
Jheanell Tabana

I literally lol'ed when I heard that mating call. Why does it sound like it's crying?

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TCPUDPATM PORTS
TCPUDPATM PORTS

Thank you for being respectful and not getting too close!

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madnesz 246
madnesz 246

Americans figuring out why bullets are flying from the trees

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butcherax
butcherax

Why does its mating call sound like Wile E. Coyote falling off a cliff?

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Ramamurthi Nanjappan
Ramamurthi Nanjappan

Others : you exist.... Potoo: who exists?....

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J J
J J

This kinds of info is never old. Always interesting to learn your natural surrounding.

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Arjun. Singh
Arjun. Singh

Me :From whom are you hiding potoo? Potoo: thanos Me :you didn't watch endgame? Potoo:i don't watch movies, i always hide.....

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Courtney Griffin
Courtney Griffin

These birds are fascinating! I never even knew they existed till today. Thank you for the video.

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Tara Parker-Essig
Tara Parker-Essig

I knew that they had hilariously huge mouths and were nocturnal, but I didn't know about the amazing camoflauge.

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Falkor ‌
Falkor ‌

﴾֍﴿‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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CrniWuk
CrniWuk

There are also uncommon pootoos?

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GLORY AND SHINE
GLORY AND SHINE

Very nice always connect you

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Tezzasbigbuz
Tezzasbigbuz

They are in Australia aswell tony frog owl

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Mare 1469
Mare 1469

Fantastic!! Love this birds camo..the best!

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Chuck Schussman
Chuck Schussman

Fabulous! Incredible bird. Thank you for sharing.

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USHA KAIMAL
USHA KAIMAL

Beautiful scenic beauty and the amazing bird with good music, this is a treat to the eyes and soul .thank you so much.

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TAROTAI
TAROTAI

Bold as Brass!

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Joe Serrano
Joe Serrano

AWESOME Bird you share with us here on YouTube Dr. Jonny, being nocturnal I couldn't help but notice its eyes are as big and round as those of owls, but how INGENIOUS of the Common Potoo to camouflage and rest during the day in plain sight! lol...... :)

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Paradiso Bird
Paradiso Bird

Mfs stoned

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L Val
L Val

So this is the common potoo. I wonder how the rare potoo looks like it must be camouflaged so perfectly no one has ever filmed it 😆

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Dziki Fotograf
Dziki Fotograf

Haha, my first thought was the same :)

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Willoughby1888 of Honah Lee by the Sea
Willoughby1888 of Honah Lee by the Sea

And this is when the Potoo is just resting upon a branch, well you should see how good it hides when it plays "Hide and Seek" with its children! Easier to find a lost child at Disney World... with a blindfold on.

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C87A7N12S
C87A7N12S

URUTAU

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Hop
Hop

1:39 -- That's a big eye!

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Darren Parkes
Darren Parkes

In australia we have the tawny frogmouth which also sits in trees in various poses miming branches,

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Hector Heath
Hector Heath

Another marvel from God's design studios.

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Percy Cat
Percy Cat

The presenter sounds so much like Eddie Redmayne, they could be brothers 😆. Also how funny and cute is the chick trying to camouflage 😍

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Liam Gross
Liam Gross

Looks like Australia’s Tawny frogmouth

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Gary Miller
Gary Miller

IF you had to take a Poo to, you would make yourself less conspicuous.

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Xylotonic
Xylotonic

Dr Jonny Miller looks like a Dollar store Gordon Ramsay

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john U.S.
john U.S.

Agaşon

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flower bomb
flower bomb

Truly unique birds

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ȓhō Яя
ȓhō Яя

yt algo trash

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Constructive Cuntery
Constructive Cuntery

I would eat that bird

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Rónálðór Dáviðson
Rónálðór Dáviðson

So young and already a PhD in Biology and such a solidly entrenched passion for conservation science. This planet is fortunate to have you.

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c R pond
c R pond

I've never heard of this bird 🪶🦉

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MeduMadward
MeduMadward

4:06 Imagine you just whistle and some chick comes through for a fck.. xD

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RedCloudBeechWaveAhh
RedCloudBeechWaveAhh

that was awesome, thank you music cool and odd

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Complex Objects
Complex Objects

I'll have you know that my mom knows you're standing there, she just doesn't care.

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PB WORLD
PB WORLD

https://youtu.be/Mek3I2joRvs

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SouLTricK
SouLTricK

that keeping eye on thing... creepy bird

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Ely Powell
Ely Powell

At 3:54 Here baby, I have some nice warm puke for you, open wide!

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Vignesh A M
Vignesh A M

The Potoo: "I've mastered the ability of standing so incredibly still, that I become invisible to the eye. ".

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Archetype00
Archetype00

That’s a potoo? Looks exactly like a tawney frogmouth

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Gasson Teddy
Gasson Teddy

Very impressive. Beautiful looking bird.👍👍👍

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imna meren
imna meren

When you realise it's actually called Potoo and not potato

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G.K. Kanojia
G.K. Kanojia

Brazenly hidden bird

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Coconut Pete
Coconut Pete

Why not just fly away?

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Rabbit
Rabbit

I love potoo so much.

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nemo227
nemo227

The American bittern is also good at disguise. I was rowing a boat among the reeds at our local lake and didn't know I was very close. I was taking pictures and discovered it when I got so close that I forced it to fly away.

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InhaleTheGreen ExhaleTheDream
InhaleTheGreen ExhaleTheDream

This bird is called "urutau" in Brazil it's not that rare , it sounds scary when you hear it at night

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Hari Pisupati
Hari Pisupati

Teacher: where's your homework? Me: gently close eyes and look up at the ceiling..... Is it working?

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Joe Kokasko
Joe Kokasko

Nature is unbelievable

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Pilbo Mags
Pilbo Mags

Hunky Doctor, when can I book a colonoscopy exam?

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Garden Level
Garden Level

Is this a type of owl?

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Paul McMullan
Paul McMullan

Australia has closely related species called a frogmouth.

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All Noyz
All Noyz

Very nice. Thank you...

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Rick S
Rick S

i didnt notice it over your shoulder because you've presented me with 100 different pixels to choose from

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Fuzzybudget
Fuzzybudget

Are they related to nightjars?

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Louie42969
Louie42969

Hey..Doc.

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Darrin Nunyah
Darrin Nunyah

Just like me in my cubicle at work. Trying to stay hidden in plain sight.

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Jared Strand
Jared Strand

It's Gordon Ramsay Lite.

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theodore Dow-man
theodore Dow-man

stupid bird...

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MamaCat
MamaCat

What an amazing bird!!

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Jeanine F.
Jeanine F.

Nightmare

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skicrz
skicrz

Nature is truly amazing for its ingenuity. I'm constantly surprised by its variety.

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Peter Mallia
Peter Mallia

At 3:30 they're using inferred lights and a night vision camera, so we can't see the light without tye camera, but tye mitts obviously see inferred, because it's hanging around the ought as if it was regular white light. So moths can see through the light spectrum to see inferred as well as ultraviolet.

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Nathaniel Anderson
Nathaniel Anderson

I have never heard of this bird until now.

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B Skiez
B Skiez

Just use thermal imaging

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Alan Griffiths
Alan Griffiths

Is this not a night jar?

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J Bz
J Bz

Same as frogmouths? Every birder's bucket list.

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Briana
Briana

Awesome bird, well made video. I loved the musical interpretation of the moths flying around 😂

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AdamosDad
AdamosDad

Looks like a cross between an owl and a frog.

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Sia Yen Chia
Sia Yen Chia

tawny frogmouth?

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Captured By Smartphones
Captured By Smartphones

Environmentalist version of Gordon Ramsay.

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Peaceful Scrimp
Peaceful Scrimp

That's a great video 👍

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Mac McC
Mac McC

Absolutely adorable little bird

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Alistair Graham
Alistair Graham

My new favourite bird thanks for informing us

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ClissaT
ClissaT

We have them in Australia called Tawny Frogmouth Owls. Sometimes the whole family will sit along a branch all poking their beaks out the same direction. One day I looked at my dead tree and wondered why all of a sudden it developed 4 new dead broken branches from it's main dead limb. lol It was a family of frogmouths!

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Don Lofting
Don Lofting

It's not an owl ir belongsto the nightjar family 👍

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dance away
dance away

🤣

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Mikey Mike
Mikey Mike

Amazing!

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Shahin Badsha
Shahin Badsha

What an amazing bird species a potoo is and it’s call is quite haunting too

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TJtheWonderChild
TJtheWonderChild

Very similar to the Tawny Frogmouth from Australia.

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Fern Low
Fern Low

Thank you for your programme. Never heard of photos bird before.

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N M
N M

Never knew this nor before

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Webology
Webology

for a similar camouflage technique see the tawny frogmouth

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Inés E.
Inés E.

Amazing work, thanks for uploading the video!

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manic hairdo
manic hairdo

Fabulous video. Beautiful music. Incredible bird. Tfs.

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sit on me please
sit on me please

Thought Gordon Ramsay here was gonna cook the bird.

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ohbogey
ohbogey

🤧🤧🤧bless you!!

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M
M

For such a large bird they are quick

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ahmeed soong
ahmeed soong

Can she sleep with only one eye closed?

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1curiouswolf
1curiouswolf

Amazing!

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Anne Cher
Anne Cher

So unique and cool

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Micah
Micah

2:08 back in my school days: Mom: HURRY UP, THE BUS IS WAITING FOR YOU!

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Charlie Chuckleberry
Charlie Chuckleberry

I skipped around and easily saw all the birds, then skipped to @4:27 When he was bragging about the bird being well hidden. I was thinking, damn, I saw all the other ones easily. This bird has God mode camouflage. Where the fuck is this bird. LOL, it wasn't even on the screen! Fucking camera looks up and the bird is barely even camouflaged..

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Danny Gillingham
Danny Gillingham

Very very interesting, like, really! Amazing indeed. Who would've ever known. I certainly wouldn't have. In what parts of the world do they exist? thank you for taking the time to film & record this, and explaining every detail.

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View Mode Images
View Mode Images

I don’t know why YouTube told me to watch this today, but at least it was educational 👍🏻

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Da Royal General
Da Royal General

*several of them here in JA.*

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Ted Timmis
Ted Timmis

Brazenly hidden? Now it makes sense.

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Judy
Judy

what a melancholy sound they have as their call...cool bird.

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