Great Potoo Nyctibius grandis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Nyctibiidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Kimberly Adams


BirdLife International. 2009. Species factsheet: Great Potoo Nyctibius grandis. Downloaded from BirdLife International on 18 May 2010.

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Recommended Citation

Adams, K. (2011). Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.