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White-eared Puffbird Nystalus chacuru

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The White-eared Puffbird is a resident of tropical deciduous forest and gallery forest from eastern Peru and central Brazil south to Paraguay and northeastern Argentina.  The White-eared Puffbird has a dark brown crown, white collar, rufous-brown upperparts, white underparts and a conspicuous dark brown patch on the bird's lower ear coverts.  The White-eared Puffbird still-hunts from mid-level perches in trees and shrubs, and will take a wide range of prey, from insects to reptiles to crabs. These birds have one of the most southerly distributions of any species of puffbird; there is some evidence that the southernmost populations of White-eared Puffbird are migratory.  White-eared Puffbirds have also been observed to lower their body temperatures and enter into torpor during cool weather.

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Recommended Citation

White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whepuf1