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Guianan Puffbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Alexandre Vinot
Paracou, French Guiana, July 2007
Notharchus macrorhynchos


25 cms (9¾ in).
Small white area on forehead, broad black breast band, black upperparts, narrow white collar, throat and belly. Extensive dark barring on flanks. Bill and feet black.

Similar species

White-necked Puffbird has a larger white area at the front of the head, a broader white hindcollar and variable dark barring on flanks. The bill is bigger and the voices differ as well.


Found in eastern Venezuela, northeast Brazil and the Guianas.


This is a monotypic species.

It is sometimes considered conspecific with White-necked Puffbird.


Forest borders and secondary growth, they can be found from ground level to the canopy.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects. They follow ant swarms


The nest cavity is excavated by both adults, in termite nests, tree holes or in the ground.


Song: A sequence of whistles


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)
  3. SACC proposal to split White-necked Puffbird

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