Spotted Puffbird (Nystactes tamatia)

Spotted Puffbird

[order] Galbuliformes | [family] Bucconidae | [latin] Nystactes tamatia | [UK] Spotted Puffbird | [FR] Tamatia tachete | [DE] Fleckenfaulvogel | [ES] Buco Moteado | [IT] Bucco golacastana | [NL] Gevlekte Baardkoekoek


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Bucco tamatia SA Amazonia
Bucco tamatia hypnaleus ec Brazil
Bucco tamatia pulmentum s Colombia to ne Bolivia
Bucco tamatia tamatia e Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas and n Brazil

Physical charateristics

The Spotted Puffbird has a stout black bill, red iris, orange forehead, throat and upper chest, white malar stripe and black patch on the side of its neck. Breast heavily black spotted on whitish plumage. Sexes are alike. Legs bluish or green grey.

Listen to the sound of Spotted Puffbird

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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Prefers subtropical or tropical swamps and heavily degraded former forest. In Suriname uncommonly found in savvanna thickets, former forest edges in the coastal area and lower trees along forest edges in the interior.


Clutch size is 2 eggs, further details not known but probably nesting in excavated holes in arboreal termitaria.

Feeding habits

A still-hunter feeding on large insects, caterpillars scorpions and sometimes follows ant-armies. Also berries and mistletoe.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 4,400,000 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.
Spotted Puffbird status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Spotted Puffbird range map


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