White chested Puffbird (Malacoptila fusca)

White-chested Puffbird

[order] Galbuliformes | [family] Bucconidae | [latin] Malacoptila fusca | [UK] White-chested Puffbird | [FR] Tamatia brun | [DE] Weissbrust-Faulvogel | [ES] Buco Pechiblanco | [IT] Bucco pettobianco | [NL] Witborst-baardkoekoek


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Upperparts, throat, sides of head and neck, breast and wing coverts blackish brown with heavily streaked buff. White broad band across the breast and a small white moustache. Wings and tail dark brown. Bill orange and legs yellow.

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


Primary humid evergreen forest, woodland borders, plantations and clearings with trees. Mostly found in under- and middle storey as well as ground level.


No data available

Feeding habits

Still-hunts ans sallies for insects, caterpillars and spiders. Sometimes follows ant swarms.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 1,900,000 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.
White-chested Puffbird status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

White-chested Puffbird range map


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