Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis)

Collared Puffbird

[order] Galbuliformes | [family] Bucconidae | [latin] Bucco capensis | [UK] Collared Puffbird | [FR] Tamatia a collier | [DE] Halsband-Faulvogel | [ES] Buco Musiu | [IT] Bucco Macuru | [NL] Gekraagde Baardkoekoek


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Nystalus capensis
Bucco capensis SA Amazonia
Bucco capensis capensis the Guianas, Brazil and e Peru
Bucco capensis dugandi se Colombia, Ecuador and c Peru

Physical charateristics

It is a rich chestnut colour on its head and back with a white throat bordered by a black chest band and with a yellowish belly. Its bill, eyes and feet are bright orange.

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Found across the northern region of South America including the Guianas. Not common in Suriname where it is found in the midlevels of the interior forest.


The understory of midlevel humid terra firme forest, dry hilly country and bamboo bordering rivers.


Nests in excavated holes in arboreal termitaria. No further data.

Feeding habits

Still-hunts from shaded perch snakes, lizards, frogs and large insects taken from foliage or ground.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,300,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Collared Puffbird status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Collared Puffbird range map


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