Spot-backed Puffbird Nystalus maculatus


The Spot-backed Puffbird is a resident of deciduous woodland and savanna from Northeastern Brazil to Northwest Argentina.  The Spot-backed Puffbird is a striking member of the family Bucconidae with a red bill, dark brown crown with buffy spots, orange rufous throat, buffy-barred upperparts and a boldly spotted breast.  Spot-backed Puffbirds generally still-hunt from low perches, occasionally making explosive sallies to the ground to catch insects and small vertebrates.  Unlike other species of puffbirds, the Spot-backed Puffbird is an active singer and is often heard singing in duos and trios.

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Song (Spot-backed)

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

Recommended Citation

Spot-backed Puffbird (Nystalus maculatus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: