OCT 24, 2018 10:08 PM PDT

What are the Oilbirds?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

The Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis) are practically bats except the fact that they are actually birds. More specifcially, they are a nocturnal frugivore in the order Caprimulgiformes.

The oilbird would roost and breed in colonies inside caves with largest colony reported to be about 10.000-18.000 individuals. The inhabit evergreens and diet on fruits and other kinds of plants. They use echolocation to allow them to navigate in the dark and smell to locate fruit.

Additionally, they have bulky nests often situated in ledges above cave floor with parental care equally shared.

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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