Great Potoo HABITAT: The Great Potoo frequents primarily forest and rainforest, forest edge habitats and farmlands. During the day, it often perches motionless in large trees, at least 12 metres above the ground. But at night, it moves to lower perches, around 1,50 metre, from which it hunts. It may venture into clearings and also forages in open areas near forest. This species usually occurs around 400 metres of elevation, but it can be seen up to 1000 metres in Peru and Bolivia.