Rufous-capped Nunlet (Nonnula ruficapilla)

Order: Galbuliformes | Family: Bucconidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Madre de Dios, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~13.3 cm (5.2 in). The Rufous-capped Nunlet is the most distinctive of the nunlets.  It has a rich rufous cap, gray sides of the head, sides of upper breast, and back of the neck. Overlaps with part of the range of all other nunlets. It sits on branches for long periods of time. Barely resembles Fulvous-chinned Nunlet, but all see other nunlets.

Status: The Rufous-capped Nunlet is the most widespread of all nunlets occurring in Peru. It is generally uncommon. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Monjita de Gorro Rufo.

Sub-species: Rufous-capped Nunlet (Nonnula ruficapilla ruficapilla) (Tschudi, 1844). E Peru and w Brazil south of the Amazon.
N. r. rufipectus, (Chapman, 1928). NE Peru (north of the Amazon).

Meaning of Name: Nonnula: Gr. diminutive of nonna= nun, little nun. ruficapilla: L. rufous= red, brown, and capillus= hair of the head.

See more of the Family Bucconidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.