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Malacoptila striata

Crescent-chested Puffbird

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Bucconidae


Malacoptila striata

Fazenda Ecológica Itereí, São Paulo, Brasil; 21 April 2010 © Dario Sanches

The Crescent-chested Puffbird is in many ways a typical member of the genus Malacoptila, being predominantly brown, appearing extensively streaked over the head and the upperparts, with a white upper-breast crescent, bordered below by black. Two subspecies are recognized with widely disjunct ranges, although both are endemic to Brazil. The nominate subspecies, which is larger bodied, occurs in the Atlantic Forest, between southern Bahia and Santa Catarina, with M. s. minor in extreme northeast Brazil, in northern Maranhão. Its altitudinal range reaches from sea level to at least 2100 m. This puffbird prefers the interior of humid forest and tall second growth, although it is often found close to roads and clearings, where it usually keeps low, and the species has even been observed taking insect prey fleeing an army ant swarm.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Crescent-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila striata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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