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


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

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

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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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