White-faced Nunbird Hapaloptila castanea


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.

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  • 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