Neotropical Birds
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White-chested Puffbird Malacoptila fusca

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


Geographic Variation

White-chested Puffbird is monotypic. A proposed subspecies from southern Venezuela, venezuelae Phelps and Phelps 1947, is not distinguishable (Rasmussen and Collar 2002). Traylor (1951) noted "a cline in size from the Guianas to central Peru, the largest population being in the latter region".


Related Species

Described as Bucco fuscus (Gmelin 1788), with type locality Cayenne.

There is little information about phylogenetic relationships within the genus Malacoptila. Peters (1948) included semicincta (Semicollared Puffbird) as a subspecies of fusca. Traylor (1951) pointed out that there is no evidence of introgression between fusca and semicincta, and so most authors consider these to be separate species. Haffer (1987) and Rasmussen and Collar (2002) treat fusca and semicincta as members of a superspecies. Sibley and Monroe (1990) recognized a broader superspecies, including fusca, semicincta, and also striata (Crescent-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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