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Pasco, Peru, 24 August, 2020
Malacoptila fusca


18 cm (7 in); a medium-sized puffbird
Heavily streaked, with a small white collar. The base of the bill if prominently orange.

Similar Species

Very similar to the Semicollared Puffbird (without the rufous nuchal collar), the ranges of the two species are separated by the Rió Ucayali and are not known to overlap.


South America: found from South East Colombia to eastern Peru, the Guianas and western Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Tropical lowland evergreen forests, where they occupy the understorey.



Their main diet consists of insects such as spiders and caterpillars. There is little else known.


There is very little detail; it appears they excavate a tunnel in a sloping bank.


  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. Schulenberg, T. S. and H. Batcheller (2020). White-chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whcpuf1.01

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