Have you ever heard of the Great Potoo? Neither did I before this story. Apparently, the bird is actually a very rare bird who is also known as the Urutaú Nictibian, or Ghost Bird. It is nocturnal, so it’s hardly ever seen during the day.
Perhaps that is why one woman got quite a fright when she saw one in person.
The bird, who is known for having a rather ghostly-sounding call, was sitting on a fence post. The woman mistook it for part of the wood and got scared when she saw it move.
The woman, who is from Chibolo, Magdalena in Colombia, took a video of the incident. In the video caption, she explained that when she first spotted him, she thought he was a stick, up until he moved. She said, “The bird opened its eyes and mouth and scared me a lot, but being so strange I decided to take pictures and record videos.”
Watch the video below:
The woman further explained that she had visited that particular farm before, but had never seen such a creature. She stated that as she approached and raised her hand, the bird opened his mouth and let out a strange sound. The woman added that the farm’s residents and neighbors had heard this bird on many different occasions, but the last physical sighting was over 15 years ago.
The Great Potoo is known to spend its days hanging out in branches where it is well-camouflaged by its patchy brown and grey feathers. But at night, the Great Potoo is known to come alive as it hunts for insects along its territory, which is at the edge of forests, riverbanks, and other areas with pockets of trees. This bird is found throughout Central and South America. The Great Potoo comes from the family Nyctibiidae, which are a group of Caprimulgiformes birds closely related to the nightjars and frogmouths.
But perhaps the one thing it is best known for, is its ghostly call. Check out the video of the Great Potoo’s call:
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