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‘Ghost bird’ spooks woman when she spots rare creature sitting on a fence post soaking up the sun

What is THAT? ‘Ghost bird’ spooks woman when she spots the rare creature sitting on a fence post soaking up the sun

  • Rare great potoo bird was spotted by a woman who initially mistook it for wood 
  • She came across the unusual bird perched on a fence post in Chibolo, Colombia
  • As she and a child made noises at the bird it revealed its enormous mouth 

This is the moment a bizarre-looking rare bird gave a woman a fright when she stumbled upon it sitting on a wooden post in Colombia. 

The unnamed woman initially thought the bird was part of the post, before realising it was an elusive great potoo, or Ghost Bird.

She filmed the camouflaged bird standing perfectly still on top of the fence in Chibolo, in the northern region of Magdalena, before it moved its head and revealed an enormous mouth as she approached. 

When she approached it she realised it was actually a bird

A woman spotted what she thought to be a stick which turned out to be a rare great potoo in Chibolo, Magdalena, Colombia

When the bird reveals its unusual shaped beak the woman can be heard shouting in surprise, while what sounds like a young child also makes noises. 

The bizarre-looking creature, known for its ghostly call, is nocturnal but appears to be enjoying sitting in the bright sunshine.

The woman said: ‘The first time I saw him I thought it was a stick but he moved and I approached him. 

‘The bird opened its eyes and mouth and scared me a lot but being so strange I decided to take pictures and record videos. 

‘When I got closer I raised my hand, and he opened his mouth in reply.’

She explained she had visited the farm at least five times before the sighting and had never seen the creature, but neighbours had heard its calls. 

She said the species of bird had not been seen at the farm for more than 15 years. 

When she and the child approached the bird and made noises at it, it opened opened its eyes and also revealed its enormous mouth

When she and the child approached the bird and made noises at it, it opened opened its eyes and also revealed its enormous mouth

The potoo is a nocturnal species that lives in the Southern Hemisphere and uses camouflage to hide from its predators. 

It has eyes that take up much of its skull, giving it excellent night vision, while slits in the eyelids help it to sense the movement of predators even while asleep. 

It typically rests on broken tree branches or wooden fence posts and does not build nests. 

The great potoo is a world leader at pretending to be a tree stump, spending most of its time perched upright on branches. 

The birds are about 38cm long with grey-brown plumage which helps them blend in with trees and wooden posts. 

This one was spotted in December and the footage was shared online recently. 

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