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White-necked Puffbird - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies hyperrhynchus
Photo by Stanley Jones
El Salto, Darién Province, Panama, February, 2018
Notharchus hyperrhynchus


25 cms (9¾ in).

  • White forehead
  • Broad black breast band
  • Black upperparts
  • White collar, throat and belly
  • Variable dark barring on flanks
  • Black bill and feet

Sexes similar

Similar species

Photo by Robert Scanlon
Canopy Walkway, Amazonas, Peru.

Guianan Puffbird has a much smaller white area at the front of the head, narrower white hindcollar, much more extensive black barring on the flanks, noticeably smaller bill, and differ in voice from other populations.


Central and South America:
Central America: southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia to southern Brazil


Guianan Puffbird has been regarded as conspecific in the past.


Three subspecies accepted:

Subspecies cryptoleucus is not recognized, it is instead included within hyperrhynchus.


Forest borders and secondary growth.



The diet consists of large insects and small vertebrates, also some vegetable matter may be eaten.


Both sexes excavate cavity nests in arboreal termitaries; holes in the ground or in trees are also reported.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  4. SACC proposal to split White-necked Puffbird

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