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Oilbird
Oilbirds
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
(unranked): Cypselomorphae
Order: see text
Suborder: Steatornithes
Family: Steatornithidae
Bonaparte, 1842
Genus: Steatornis
Humboldt, 1814
Species: S. caripensis
Binomial name
Steatornis caripensis
Humboldt, 1817

The Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis), also known as Guácharo, is a bird found in the northern areas of South America (including the island of Trinidad in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago). They are nocturnal feeders on the fruits of the Oil Palm and tropical laurels, and are the only nocturnal fruit eating birds in the world. They forage at night, navigating by echolocation in the same way as bats, but with a high-pitched clicking sound audible to humans.[2]


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References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Steatornis caripensis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006.
  2. ^ Snow, D.W. (2008). Birds in Our Life. William Sessions Limited. ISBN 978-1850723813 (pbk).


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