posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 04:38 PM
Funny how someone identified the bird early on, yet a lenghty discussion over its identity ensues anyway.
I am from Mexico and I can confirm it's a nightjar. In Spanish they are called "chotacabras" which translates as "goat sucker", not because they
suck blood, but because they were said in myth (European, not Mexican myth) to suck the milk of goats at night. Which is of course not true.
Depending on the location they also receive the names of "tapacaminos" or "atajacaminos" which basically means "road-blockers", probably because
of their habit of laying on the ground instead of perching in tree branches.
I remember the first one I saw one up close, it was just the same as the one in the video, maybe a more reddish color; it had been hit by a car and
killed and the body stuck to the front bumper, with its wings outstretched to the sides. The car driver seemingly didn´t realize and left, but then a
lot of people gathered around to see the bird which they thought was an owl.
When I explained it was a "chotacabras" many looked scared as they thought I had said "chupacabras" I even took a few feathers of it for my
I've seen plenty of them afterwards, often flying around lamp posts in the middle of the city; people never seem to realize they're there.
It is definitely NOT a frogmouth (although distantly related) and there's no need for anyone to catch this bird in say, Australia, and release it in
Mexico, as there are plenty of species of nightjar in this country, and also a few of potoos (also closely related, but NOT the bird in the video).