Neotropical Birds
Version  1.0
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White-chested Puffbird Malacoptila fusca

Thomas S. Schulenberg and Hope Batcheller
Version: 1.0 — Published April 13, 2013


Distribution in the Americas

White-chested Puffbird is resident in northern South America east of the Andes. The distribution extends from eastern Colombia east to southwestern Venezuela, and south through eastern Ecuador to central Peru, where it occurs south to the Apurímac Valley  (Meyer de Schauensee 1949, Phelps and Phelps 1958, Hilty and Brown 1986, Weske 1972, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a, Hilty 2003, Schulenberg et al. 2010). Distribution in Peru of White-chested Puffbird. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles: sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006)White-chested Puffbird also occurs in northern Brazil and in the Guianas (Pinto 1938, Snyder 1966, Haverschmidt 1968, Novaes 1974, Tostain et al. 1992, Sick 1993).

White-chested Puffbird is restricted to the lowlands. Its elevational distribution in Colombia is up to 600 m (Hilty and Brown 1986), in Ecuador is up to 900 m, locally to 1200 m (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a), and in Peru is up to 1500 m (Schulenberg et al. 2010); in Venezuela White-chested Puffbird occurs only below 200 m (Hilty 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


White-chested Puffbird occupies the understory of tropical lowland evergreen forest. It occurs both in terra firme and in varzea forests, although it may be restricted to terra firme in regions where it is sympatric with Rufous-necked Puffbird (Malacoptila rufa) (Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the White-chested Puffbird - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the White-chested Puffbird

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and H. Batcheller (2013). White-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whcpuf1.01
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