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 - White-chested Puffbird

White-chested Puffbird Malacoptila fusca

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

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Like the other puffbirds, White-chested Puffbird is inconspicuous and difficult to see. They are uncommon throughout their range in the eastern and northern parts of the Amazon basin and lower Andean foothills. White-chested is distinguished from other puffbirds by range, the largely orange bill, and extensive buffy streaking on the back. Although White-chested Puffbird has a white chest patch, as the name indicates, the white on the breast often is concealed. Usually solitary, these puffbirds forage in the understory by sallying out to catch insects from low vegetation or the ground. When not foraging, they often sit immobile for long periods of time. The song is mellow descending trill, and the call is a high descending whistle, peeeuuuuu.

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