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Chestnut-capped Puffbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by arthurgrosset
Paakas Palafitas Lodge, Guajará-Mirim, Rondônia, Brazil, March 2003
Bucco macrodactylus


  • Complex pattern in head and throat area
    • Chestnut cap
    • Narrow orange collar separates cap from back
    • Black stripe across lower face including lower half of eye
    • White stripe above this black stripe
    • Another white stripe below that black stripe, bordered below with a second black stripe that makes a band across lower throat
    • Buffy upper throat and chin
    • White on upper breast just below the lower black band
  • Dark brown upperside with paler markings
  • Graduated tail also dark brown with paler markings
  • Underside buffy with darker barring
  • Stout, short, decurved black bill
  • Black iris and legs


South America: found in south-eastern Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, northern Bolivia and western Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1]; subspecies caurensis generally being considered invalid[2].


Humid lowland forest near water at forest edges but can also be found in scrubby forest away from water. Is using subcanopy to undergrowth, and sometimes scrub. Usually found below 660 m asl.


Food consists of invertebrates and small vertebrates.


Usually given at or before dawn.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Ref-Avibase in Avibase - The World Bird Database. Retrieved 13August 2020
  1. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  1. Rasmussen, P.C., N. Collar, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Chestnut-capped Puffbird (Bucco macrodactylus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.chcpuf1.01
  2. Bindforum Member observations

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