Manu Tropical Night Birds

Manu Tropical Night Birds

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Night birds. Several owls (Strigidae) are endemic to the Amezon the tropical screech owl (Otus choliba) has a high-pitched whistle often heard jus after nightfall or before dawn. Nighthawks (Caprimulgidae) are often seen at dusk flitting through the air catching insects on the wing. In poor light they are often mistaken for bats similar to nighthawks but in a family of their own (Nyctibiidae) potoos (Nyaibius spp) hide during the day by mimicking adead branch their grey splotched plumage and stiff, upright stance enhance the deception Nighjars are similar to nighthawks and have loud calls. These birds roost on riversides at night, and are easily picked out by their eye-shine reflected in torchlight the pauraque (Nyetidromus albieollìs) is the most widespread the sand coloured nighthawk (Chordeiles rupestrìs) is often seen at dusk around villeges towns and even airports The oilbird (Steatomis caripensis) looks a lot like anightawk to which it is related flow ever, the oilbird can use echo-location to navigate and it nest solely

 

 

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