White-chested Puffbird Malacoptila fusca

  • Order: Galbuliformes
  • Family: Bucconidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Hope Batcheller
  • © Tadeusz Stawarczyk

Like the other puffbirds, White-chested Puffbird is inconspicuous and difficult to see. They are uncommon throughout their range in the eastern and northern parts of the Amazon basin and lower Andean foothills. White-chested is distinguished from other puffbirds by range, the largely orange bill, and extensive buffy streaking on the back. Although White-chested Puffbird has a white chest patch, as the name indicates, the white on the breast often is concealed. Usually solitary, these puffbirds forage in the understory by sallying out to catch insects from low vegetation or the ground. When not foraging, they often sit immobile for long periods of time. The song is mellow descending trill, and the call is a high descending whistle, peeeuuuuu.


© Bret Whitney

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

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and H. Batcheller (2013). White-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whcpuf1.01