Moustached Puffbird Malacoptila mystacalis


The Moustached Puffbird is sometimes considered to form a superspecies with the Black-streaked Puffbird (Malacoptila fulvogularis) of the east slope of the Andes, and the White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis), and like the latter species, the sexes differ in the present species. Female Moustached Puffbirds are darker brown above, especially over the head and neck, with darker markings on the flanks and rear underparts, and a less prominent white moustachial. Overall, the fairly common Moustached Puffbird ranges across northwest South America, in the Andes of Colombia to northern Venezuela, where it reaches to at least 2100 m, and is usually found in the understory of wet forest. The species’ biology is apparently poorly known, although it is unlikely to differ much from the other Malacoptila puffbirds.

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

Recommended Citation

Moustached Puffbird (Malacoptila mystacalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: