Andean Potoo Nyctibius maculosus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Nyctibiidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Guy M. Kirwan



Very little information. Behavior similar to that of other potoos: roosts during the day on large branches, including branches that protude above the canopy (Parker et al. 1985), and forages at night for insects. Prey is captured with sallies from a perch.


Very little information. Up to five Andean Potoos were heard along a 2 km stretch of road at one site in central Oeru in disturbed (logged) humid montane forest (Schulenberg et al. 1984). At this site, one individual sang from a series of perches ca 50-75 m apart, in a semicircle with a radius of ca 100 m (Schulenberg et al. 1984). Krabbe (1992) observed a bird in Ecuador that sang from three stations about 700 apart.

Social and interspecific behavior

Like other species of potoos, Andean Potoos usually are solitary, but sometimes is observed in pairs (Krabbe 1992).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2012). Andean Potoo (Nyctibius maculosus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.