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A very unusual bird named the Potoo, filmed in Venezuela

They usually sit on old tree stumps. As a defense, they’d look straight up and not move.

The photos are highly nocturnal and generally do not fly during the day.

They spend the day perched on branches with the eyes half closed.

With their cryptic plumage they resemble stumps, and should they detect potential danger they adopt a “freeze” position which even more closely resembles a broken branch.

The transition between perching and the freeze position is gradual and hardly perceptible to the observer.