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Potoos!

By Eurwentala
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Well, and a couple of guira cuckoos.

Potoos, the crazy birds of Internet fame, are weird critters. They spend their days sitting on stumps, disguised as pieces of rotting wood, except for baby potoos, who are white and apparently imitate growths of fungus. They even lay their eggs directly on the stump, not bothering with anything as mainstream as a nest. At night, they open their insanely large eyes and start catching flying insects and little birds from the air, like monstrous flycatchers.

There are seven known species of potoo, all living in tropical New World. They all look very much alike, to the point that some pairs of species simply cannot be separated based on appearance, and there probably are more cryptic ones to be found. Despite this, potoo species seem to be very, very old: these apparently identical birds differ genetically as much as whole genera or even families in other birds. Which basically means they have been sitting on stumps, not changing a bit, for millions of years.
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Falken02's avatar
Do you know the name of the one that has completely black eyes? very vague description i know...
LittleKunai's avatar
wow these are  good
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WhiskerfaceRumpelHobbyist Traditional Artist
They are so strange looking, especially with those big eyes.  Nice job.  :) 
SageKorppi's avatar
SageKorppiHobbyist General Artist
GUIRA CUCKOOS ARE THE MOST MAJESTIC BIRDS ON THE PLANET.  Thank you for doodling them :)
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
Haha, true. Guiras are awesome.
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babbletrishProfessional Traditional Artist
Squee!!!
indigomagpie's avatar
Yes, why are potoos suddenly everywhere?

In Australia we have frogmouths - same sort of critter, except they're still-hunting carnivores that'll eat mice. They're apparently quite easy to tame, and very popular with zoos and wildlife displays.
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
I suppose that's how the Internet works. Something is suddenly everywhere for a while and then disappears again.

Frogmouths are awesomely creepy as well. Especially their habit of beating small animals against rocks to kill them.
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Creepy? I always thought of them as more "offbeatly adorable".

Except for that incident in my final year of high school, when the biology class visited a wildlife sanctuary and the tame display frogmouth covered someone's school bag in, er, uric acid. That was not good.
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iiduhHobbyist General Artist
Kaikki kehrääjät on niin hauskoja :D Toi oikeen yläkulman lintu on paras! Tai oikeestaan ne kaikki on..
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
Joo, koko porukka on ihastuttavan omituista. :)

Tosin huomasin tänään pökkelökehrääjistä kertovia tieteellisiä artikkeleita tonkiessa, ettei sellaista ryhmää kuin kehrääjät oikeastaan edes ole olemassa: näyttäisi siltä, että pöllökehrääjät ja varsinaiset kehrääjät ovat läheisempää sukua kolibreille ja tervapääskyille kuin rasvakehrääjille ja pöllökehrääjille. Australiankehrääjät ovat puolestaan vielä läheisempää sukua kolibreille ja kumppaneille kuin kenellekään näistä muista. Tosin näiden luokittelu näyttää muutenkin olevan vielä ihan kesken, joten saapa nähdä, kuinka kaikki vielä muuttuu.
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iiduhHobbyist General Artist
On se omituista, että vieläkään ei osata sanoa, että mikä eläin on mikäkin. Tosin itse tykkään tietää jokaisen eläimen oikean paikan; huomauttelen kavereilleni usein esim. ettei tervapääsky kuulu pääskyihin vaan kiitäjiin, mikä taas hämmentää yöperhos-kiitäjien takia :D
XaneFeather's avatar
Ahaha, love them. <3
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
Thanks. :)
Orionide5's avatar
Sometimes, the secret to success is just staying quiet and minding your own business. Wait, that wasn't inspirational at all...
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
Haha. But it is a good way to avoid being bothered. Apparently for potoos as well as people.
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