White-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Orellana, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Yasuni, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~18.3 cm (7.2 in). The White-chested Puffbird is heavily streaked, has an orange and black heavy bill,  and a white and often inconspicuous white chest band. Very similar to closely related Semicollared Puffbird, but they replace each other geographically and their ranges are not known to overlap. Also, see  Black-streaked Puffbird.

Status: The White-chested Puffbird is rare in the understory of Terra Firme Forest north of the Amazon and Marañon Rivers. It ranges further south only along the west side of the Ucayali River. It has been recorded at elevations of up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Buco de Pecho Blanco.

Sub-species: White-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca) Gmelin, 1788.

Meaning of Name: Malacoptila: Gr. malakos= soft and ptilon= plumage, feather. semicincta: L. semi= half and cinctus= band, strap.

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