Russet-throated Puffbird Hypnelus ruficollis


Confined to a relatively small area of north coastal Colombia and adjacent Venezuela, the Russet-throated Puffbird is an inhabitant of lowland areas with woodland, although it shuns dense forest. The upperparts are basically dark brown, spotted paler on the wing coverts, while the cheeks are pale, the throat orange; there are narrow white and broader black breast bands, and the remainder of the underparts are buffy, with variable bars on the flanks. Three races of the Russet-throated Puffbird are generally recognized, and these differ in their face and underparts patterns. Like several other puffbirds, this species is known to use arboreal termitaria in which to nest, at least occasionally, but very little is otherwise known concerning the bird’s breeding behavior.

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Song (Russet-throated)

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

Recommended Citation

Russet-throated Puffbird (Hypnelus ruficollis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: