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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of White-chested Puffbird is described as "a prolonged, high-pitched, descending tsrrrrrrrrrrrrr repeated at long intervals" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b), and as a long, descending musical trill: tree'e'e'e'e'e'e'e'e'ew" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The more frequently heard calls of White-chested Puffbird include "a high-pitched single pseeeeu" (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b) or "a descending, high, mewing whistle peeww" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010) and a "descending, high, trill: seeewww" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of White-chested Puffbird can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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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