Notice for readers: On March 31, Neotropical Birds will be integrated into the new Birds of the World, a powerful research database offering species accounts for every species on earth. Learn more at birdsoftheworld.org. While Birds of the World is a subscription service, we remain committed to offering this content to Neotropical Birds contributors and to those unable to pay for it through our scholarship program. Stay tuned.

White-faced Nunbird Hapaloptila castanea

Sections

White-faced Nunbird is a rare and distinctive puffbird of high Andean wet subtropical zones of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. This species is not a true nunbird (Monasa), and is alternatively called White-faced Puffbird. It is brown, with a rich chestnut chest and chocolate brown upperparts. It shows a white face outlined by with a thin black border, and a long, heavy, black bill. This bird is much more often heard than seen, and can be extremely difficult to get a look at, even when vocalizing. Like other puffbirds, once it is seen it often is confiding, as it hover-gleans beetles and other large insects from surrounding foliage.

Help complete this species

There are many ways to contribute—we need species information, photographs, audio, video, translations, maps, distribution data, and bird sightings. There's a role for everyone!

Learn more

Song

© Tayler Brooks

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

Recommended Citation

White-faced Nunbird (Hapaloptila castanea), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whfnun2