Rusty breasted Nunlet (Nonnula rubecula)

Rusty-breasted Nunlet

[order] Galbuliformes | [family] Bucconidae | [latin] Nonnula rubecula | [UK] Rusty-breasted Nunlet | [FR] Barbacou rufalbin | [DE] Rotkehl-Faulvogel | [ES] Monjilla Macuru | [IT] Monachina pettirossa | [NL] Roodborsttrappist


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Nonnula rubecula SA Amazonia, se Brazil
Nonnula rubecula cineracea e Ecuador, ne Peru and w Brazil south of the Amazon
Nonnula rubecula duidae e Venezuela north of the Rio Orinoco
Nonnula rubecula interfluvialis s Venezuela south of the Rio Orinoco and north of Rio Negro (n Brazil)
Nonnula rubecula rubecula e and se Brazil, Paraguay and ne Argentina
Nonnula rubecula simplex nc and ne Brazil south of the Amazon
Nonnula rubecula simulatrix se Colombia and nw Brazil between Rio Negro and the Amazon
Nonnula rubecula tapanahoniensis s Guianas and n Brazil

Physical charateristics

It is a small, fairly drab and inconspicuous bird with a whitish band from bill to eye, a whitish eye-ring and grey-brown upperparts. Below buffy brown with rufous tinges to the breast and flanks. Very slightly curved bill black, legs yellow. Sexes are alike.

Listen to the sound of Rusty-breasted Nunlet

[audio: Nunlet.mp3]

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It is found in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. In Suriname found in the interior, seems very patchily distributed.


It is found in the mid-storey of humid forest, gallery forest or sandy-belt forest. Also scattered riverine forest and lowland forest up to 1000 meter.


Nests in holes or banks, no further data.

Feeding habits

Diet includeslarge anthropods, caterpillars and beetles. Hunts by perching and gleaning.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 3,900,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ 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.
Rusty-breasted Nunlet status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Rusty-breasted Nunlet range map


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