Buff-bellied Puffbird Notharchus swainsoni


An Atlantic Forest endemic, which is found from southeast Brazil to eastern Paraguay and extreme northeast Argentina, the Buff-bellied Puffbird was formerly considered conspecific with the White-necked Puffbird (Notharchus hyperrhynchus) and the Guianan Puffbird (Notharchus macrorhynchos). The present species is easily distinguished from either of the latter two species by its pale buffy-rufous ventral region, below the black breast band, vocalizations, and also its different oestology. This puffbird is generally found in lowland forest regions, but it regularly ventures into clearings and other disturbed areas, and like others of its genus the species still-hunts insects and small vertebrates from a high perch. Although the Buff-bellied Puffbird is not considered globally threatened, it is generally rather uncommon over much of its range, except perhaps in eastern Paraguay.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Buff-bellied Puffbird (Notharchus swainsoni), 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/bubpuf1