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Buffy Tuftedcheek - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Wintibird
Cordillera de Talamanca, Costa Rica, July 2015
Pseudocolaptes lawrencii


20 cm

  • Brown back
  • Olive brown underparts
  • Spotted breast
  • Black wings with buff wingbars
  • Buff-streaked dark brown cap
  • Dusky eyestripe
  • Buff tufted cheek feathers
  • Buff throat
  • Long bright rufous tail

Sexes similar

  • Lacks buff crown streaks
  • Darker back and underparts
  • Orange flanks


Central America: Costa Rica and western half of Panama


This is a monotypic species[1].

Pacific Tuftedcheek was formerly included in this species.

An additional subspecies panamensis is generally considered invalid[3].


Wet mountain forests. In central Panama above 1200 m, in western Panama usually anove 1800 m. Utilizes canopy down to middle hight in forest. Likes the more open habitats including edges.



The single white egg is laid in an old woodpecker nest. Incubation takes 29 days.


The diet includes insects, spiders, and small amphibians.


Song: chu-chu-chrrr
Call: chip


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Angehr, G.R. and R. Dean 2010. The birds of Panama - a field guide. A Zona Tropical Publication. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7
  5. del Hoyo, J., J. V. Remsen, Jr., G. M. Kirwan, N. Collar, and P. F. D. Boesman (2022). Buffy Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes lawrencii), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and N. D. Sly, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.buftuf1.01.1

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