Watch Biologist Dr Jonny Miller introduce the spectacular common potoo. It’s brown, blends in, and doesn’t move much… so why is it so spectacular? Exactly for those reasons. The common potoo is a camouflage master, bravely controlling its movements — or lack of them — in the face of predators. From Dr. Miller:
Although you might not see them, the common potoo is, indeed, common in at least parts of its range. This rage extends from Nicaragua in Central America, south to Argentina. Six other species of potoo are known of, all generally similar in appearance and all performing the same posturing cryptic behaviour.
Can you see it in this image?
We’re always thrilled to find a scientist out in the field making videos about their work. Dr Miller is currently in Paraguay, South America, studying capuchin monkeys, and has been blogging about the animals there at planetparaguay.com.