Rusty-breasted Nunlet (Nonnula rubecula)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil


Identification & Behavior: ~13.7 cm (5.4 in). The plumage of the Rusty-breasted Nunlet is brown. It has rusty in the chin, throat, breast, and the loral area. The center of the belly is pale.  It is similar to Brown Nunlet and Fulvous-chinned Nunlet, but they replace each other geographically and are not known to overlap. Rusty-breasted Nunlet is the only nunlet with a white eye-ring. All other nunlets have red orbital skin. It sits on branches for long periods of time.

Status: The Rusty-breasted Nunlet occurs on the east side of the Napo and Ucayali Rivers and in both sides of the Amazon River eastward. It is generally rare and favors Terra Firme Forest. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Monjita de Pecho Rojizo.

Sub-species: Rusty-breasted Nunlet (Nonnula rubecula cineracea) Sclater, PL, 1881.

Meaning of Name: Nonnula: Gr. diminutive of nonna= nun, little nun, nun. rubecula= rubeus= thorn and Cola  resident, inhabitant.

See more of the Family Bucconidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.