potoo

noun
po·​too | \ pōˈtü \
plural potoos

Definition of potoo

: any of a family (Nyctibiidae) of large, nocturnal, solitary birds that are native to tropical Central and South America and the West Indies, are related to the nightjars, and have variably-patterned gray, brown, and black plumage Potoos normally assume a motionless posture during the day, perched upright on horizontal branches or on top of a broken branch relying heavily on their cryptic coloration.— César Cestari et al., Wilson Journal of Ornithology, March 2011

History and Etymology for potoo

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“Potoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potoo. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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