Bucconidae – Puffbirds

Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons) by Ian

Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons) by Ian

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; (1 Corinthians 13:4 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PICIFORMES, Family – Bucconidae – Puffbirds

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (38)

White-necked Puffbird (Notharchus hyperrhynchus)
Guianan Puffbird (Notharchus macrorhynchos)
Buff-bellied Puffbird (Notharchus swainsoni)
Black-breasted Puffbird (Notharchus pectoralis)
Brown-banded Puffbird (Notharchus ordii)
Pied Puffbird (Notharchus tectus)
Chestnut-capped Puffbird (Bucco macrodactylus)
Spotted Puffbird (Bucco tamatia)
Sooty-capped Puffbird (Bucco noanamae)
Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis)
Barred Puffbird (Nystalus radiatus)
White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru)
Eastern Striolated Puffbird (Nystalus striolatus)
Western Striolated Puffbird (Nystalus obamai)
Caatinga Puffbird (Nystalus maculatus)
Chaco Puffbird (Nystalus striatipectus)
Russet-throated Puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis)
Two-banded Puffbird (Hypnelus bicinctus)
Crescent-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila striata)
White-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca)
Semicollared Puffbird (Malacoptila semicincta)
Black-streaked Puffbird (Malacoptila fulvogularis)
Rufous-necked Puffbird (Malacoptila rufa)
White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis)
Moustached Puffbird (Malacoptila mystacalis)
Lanceolated Monklet (Micromonacha lanceolata)
Rusty-breasted Nunlet (Nonnula rubecula)
Fulvous-chinned Nunlet (Nonnula sclateri)
Brown Nunlet (Nonnula brunnea)
Grey-cheeked Nunlet (Nonnula frontalis)
Rufous-capped Nunlet (Nonnula ruficapilla)
Chestnut-headed Nunlet (Nonnula amaurocephala)
White-faced Nunbird (Hapaloptila castanea)
Black Nunbird (Monasa atra)
Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons)
White-fronted Nunbird (Monasa morphoeus)
Yellow-billed Nunbird (Monasa flavirostris)
Swallow-winged Puffbird (Chelidoptera tenebrosa)


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The puffbirds and their relatives in the near passerine family Bucconidae are tropical birds breeding from South America up to Mexico.

They are related to the jacamars, but lack the iridescent colours of that family. They are mainly brown, rufous or grey, with large heads and flattened bills with a hooked tip. The loose abundant plumage and short tails makes them look stout and puffy, giving rise to the English name of the family. They feed on insects and small vertebrates caught by a watch and wait technique. The species range in size from the Rufous-capped Nunlet, to the White-necked Puffbird.

Like most of their relatives, this group are hole nesters, laying 2–3 glossy white eggs in a hole in the ground or a termite mound. (Wikipedia with editing)

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