Upon closer inspection, the avian creature revealed itself to be a rare and elusive great potoo. This particular species is known for its nocturnal habits, as it preys on insects and small animals. Despite its otherworldly appearance, it is indeed a real resident of our planet.
A rare sighting of an unusual bird occurred in the town of Chibolo, Colombia when a woman stumbled upon it resting on a fence. The woman, mistaking it for a piece of wood at first, soon realized that she had come across a remarkable creature – a potoo bird. The images captured by the woman have since gained attention for their unique subject matter. The exact identity of the woman remains unknown, but her discovery has brought attention to the Magdalena region of Colombia.
As soon as the woman laid eyes on the mysterious bird, also known as the “ghost bird,” she quickly took out her cell phone and recorded it. The images she captured garnered a lot of attention on social media. “At first, I thought it was just a piece of wood,” she explained, “but when it moved, I approached it. It scared me when it opened its eyes and mouth, so I decided to record what I saw because it was so strange.” The woman had visited the farm on five previous occasions but had never encountered this creature before. She also noted that the neighbors had reported hearing a distinct sound coming from the area where the bird was spotted.
The potoo bird is a fascinating creature found in the Southern Hemisphere that relies on its camouflage ability to evade predators. This bird is commonly referred to as the ‘ghost bird’ and is active at night, while during the day it sleeps safely hidden among the trees due to its feathers that resemble tree bark. Additionally, the potoo bird possesses eyes that allow for excellent night vision, and the slits in their eyelids enable them to detect any movement around them even when they are sleeping.
Potoo birds are unique creatures that do not build nests like other birds. Instead, they bury their eggs in holes they dig in rotten bark and place on broken tree branches or wooden poles. These elusive birds primarily feed on flies and insects and are challenging to spot. While fossils of these birds have been discovered in Germany and France, they are no longer found in Europe today. Check out this video to see them in action.