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Oilbird

Oilbird
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Caprimulgiformes
Family:Steatornithidae
Species
Steatornis caripensis
The Oilbird, Steatornis caripensis, is a slim, long-winged bird related to the nightjars. It is found in the northern areas of South America.

This nocturnal species, uniquely, is a specialist feeder on the fruit of the oil-palm. All the nightjars and their other relatives are insectivores.

The Oilbird's feet are small and almost useless.

During the day these birds rest on cave ledges. The nest is a heap of droppings, on which 2-4 white eggs are laid.

The relationships with other species is as below:

Caprimulgiformes



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