White-faced Nunbird (Hapaloptila castanea)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Alto Mayo, Amazonas

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes of Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes of Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes of Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~23.5 cm (9.3 in). The White-faced Nunbird has gray-brown upperparts and tail. The underparts are rufous. It has a distinctive rim or white feathers around the base of the black bill. It sits on branches for long periods of time. The size, color, and lethargic behavior make this bird unmistakable. Range higher in the Andes than White-fronted Nunbird.

Status: The White-faced Nunbird ranges east of the Marañon River on the eastern Andes at elevations of 1800 m. It is also found in the humid forest of extreme northwest Peru. It is rare throughout its range. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Monja de Cara Blanca.

Sub-species: White-faced Nunbird (Hapaloptila castanea), Verreaux, J, 1866.

Meaning of Name: Hapaloptila: Gr. Hapalos=delicate, ptilon=feather. castanea: L. Castaneus= Chestnut-colored.

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.