Andean Potoo Nyctibius maculosus

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


Conservation Status

Andean Potoo has a wide distribution, but within its range it is reported from only a small number of sites. Furthermore, the population size, while not quantified, is believed to be declining. Nonetheless, Andean Potoo does not meet any of the criteria necessary to be considered at risk, and so its IUCN Red List status is assessed as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2012).

The relative abundance of Andean Potoo is assessed as "very rare" (Colombia, Hilty and Brown 1986), "very rare to rare and apparently local" (Ecuador, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a), "rare" (Venezuela, Hilty 2003), and "rare and local (but also possibly overlooked?)" (Peru, Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Effects of human activity on populations

As is true of other bird species that inhabit forest, Andean Potoo is vulnerable to deforestation. On the other hand, it can tolerate forest that has been selectively logged.

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.