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Semicollared Puffbird Malacoptila semicincta

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Semicollared Puffbird of southwest Amazonia forms a superspecies with the White-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca), which ranges across much of northern Amazonia. The present species is found over a relatively small area of far-western Brazil, southeast Peru, and northwest Bolivia, where it inhabits lower levels in humid tropical forest below approximately 1000 m. Its plumage is typical of the entire genus. The underparts are largely, streaked darkly, especially over the breast, and the upperparts are largely dark brown, becoming grayer over the head, with pale shaft-streaks. The most striking features are the largely pale, orange-yellow bill, and the orange patch on the hindneck, from which the species derives its vernacular name.

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Recommended Citation

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