Nyctibius leucopterus (Wied, 1821:227)

White-winged potoo



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last Record: 1817

Rediscovered in 4 October 1985 (1993?)

IUCN status: Least Concern



Brazil, Guyana and Peru


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Wied, M. (1821). Reise nach Brasilien in den Jahren 1815 bis 1817, vol. 2. H. L. Br6nner, Frankfurt. 


Other references:

Alonso, José Alvarez and Whitney, Bret M. (2003). New distributional records of birds from white-sand forests of the northern Peruvian Amazon, with implications for biogeography of northern South America. The Condor: August 2003, Vol. 105, No. 3, pp. 552-566.

Cohn-Haft, Mario. (1993). Rediscovery of the Whitewinged Potoo (Nyctibius leucopterus). The Auk 110(2): 391-394.

Costa, Thiago V. V. et al. (2021). Phylogenetic analysis of the nocturnal avian family Nyctibiidae (Caprimulgiformes) inferred from osteological characters. Zoologischer Anzeiger 291: 113-122. [Abstract]

Schulenberg, T. S., Allen, S. E., Stotz, D. F. and Wiedenfeld, D. A. (1984). Distributional records from the Cordillera Yanachaga, central Peru. Gerfaut 74: 57-70.

Whitney, B. M. , J. F. Pacheco , L. F. Silveira , and R. R. Laps . In press. Rediscovery of Nyctibius leucopterus in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Ararajuba.

Wied, M. (1830). Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte von Brasilien, vol. 3. Weimar, Germany.


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