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Bucconidae - Puffbirds

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Piciformes
 Family: Bucconidae

Moustached PuffbirdThere are 35 species in this family. They are found from Mexico to South America.

Puffbirds are tropical birds, but they are not brightly colored. They are usually brown or gray. They get their name because their loosely packed feathers make them look puffy.

Puffbirds have large heads and flattened bills with a hooked tip. They eat insects and small invertebrates. they range in size from 5-11.5 inches.

Puffbirds lay their eggs in a hole in the ground.

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  White-fronted Nunbird - Monasa morphoeus Least Concern
Gray-cheeked Nunlet - Nonnula frontalis Least Concern
White-necked Puffbird - Notharchus hyperrhynchus Least Concern
Black-breasted Puffbird - Notharchus pectoralis Least Concern
Pied Puffbird - Notharchus tectus Least Concern
Barred Puffbird - Nystalus radiatus Least Concern

North/Central American Species

 
White-whiskered Puffbird - Malacoptila panamensis Least Concern
Lanceolated Monklet - Micromonacha lanceolata Least Concern
 

Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Collared Puffbird - Bucco capensis Least Concern South America
Chestnut-capped Puffbird - Bucco macrodactylus Least Concern South America
Sooty-capped Puffbird - Bucco noanamae Near Threatened South America
Spotted Puffbird - Bucco tamatia Least Concern South America
Swallow-winged Puffbird- Chelidoptera tenebrosa Least Concern South America
White-faced Nunbird - Hapaloptila castanea Least Concern South America
Russet-throated Puffbird - Hypnelus ruficollis Least Concern South America
Black-streaked Puffbird - Malacoptila fulvogularis Least Concern South America
White-chested Puffbird - Malacoptila fusca Least Concern South America
Moustached Puffbird - Malacoptila mystacalis Least Concern South America
White-whiskered Puffbird - Malacoptila panamensis Least Concern North America South America
Rufous-necked Puffbird - Malacoptila rufa Least Concern South America
Semicollared Puffbird - Malacoptila semicincta Least Concern South America
Crescent-chested Puffbird - Malacoptila striata Least Concern South America
Lanceolated Monklet - Micromonacha lanceolata Least Concern North America South America
Black Nunbird - Monasa atra Least Concern South America
Yellow-billed Nunbird - Monasa flavirostris Least Concern South America
White-fronted Nunbird - Monasa morphoeus Least Concern North America South America

  Black-fronted Nunbird - Monasa nigrifrons Least Concern South America
Chestnut-headed Nunlet - Nonnula amaurocephala Least Concern South America
Brown Nunlet - Nonnula brunnea Least Concern South America
Gray-cheeked Nunlet - Nonnula frontalis Least Concern North America South America
Rusty-breasted Nunlet - Nonnula rubecula Least Concern South America
Rufous-capped Nunlet - Nonnula ruficapilla Least Concern South America
Fulvous-chinned Nunlet - Nonnula sclateri Least Concern South America
White-necked Puffbird-Notharchus hyperrhynchus Least Concern North America South America
Guianan Puffbird - Notharchus macrorhynchos Least Concern South America
Brown-banded Puffbird - Notharchus ordii Least Concern South America
Black-breasted Puffbird - Notharchus pectoralis Least Concern North America South America
Buff-bellied Puffbird - Notharchus swainsoni Least Concern South America
Pied Puffbird - Notharchus tectus Least Concern North America South America
White-eared Puffbird - Nystalus chacuru Least Concern South America
Spot-backed Puffbird - Nystalus maculatus Least Concern South America
Barred Puffbird - Nystalus radiatus Least Concern North America South America
Striolated Puffbird - Nystalus striolatus Least Concern South America

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Barred Puffbird - Nystalus radiatus Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The barred puffbird is found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-breasted Puffbird - Notharchus pectoralis Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The black-breasted puffbird is found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Nunbird - Monasa atra Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The black nunbird is found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black Nunbird - Monasa atra profile Photos Least Concern South America
The black nunbird is black with white to gray edges on its wings.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-fronted Nunbird - Monasa nigrifrons Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The black-fronted nunbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-fronted Nunbird - Monasa nigrifrons profile Photos Least Concern South America
The black-fronted nunbird is the largest member of the puffbird family.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Black-streaked Puffbird - Malacoptila fulvogularis Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The black-streaked puffbird is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Brown-banded Puffbird - Notharchus ordii Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The brown-banded puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Brown-banded Puffbird - Notharchus ordii profile Photos Least Concern South America
The brown-banded puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela.
Source: South American Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Brown Nunlet - Nonnula brunnea Video Audio Least Concern South America
The brown nunlet is found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Buff-bellied Puffbird - Notharchus swainsoni Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The buff-bellied puffbird has a rusty-red breast, a black cap and a white throat.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Buff-bellied Puffbird - Notharchus swainsoni profile Photos Least Concern South America
The buff-bellied puffbird is found in Argentina, Brazil,  and Paraguay.
Source: South American Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Chestnut-capped Puffbird - Bucco macrodactylus profile Photos Least Concern South America
The chestnut-capped puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Chestnut-capped Puffbird - Bucco macrodactylus profile Photos Least Concern South America
The chestnut-capped puffbird has an reddish-orange cap and a white eye-stripe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Collared Puffbird - Bucco capensis Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The collared puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Collared Puffbird - Bucco capensis profile Photos Least Concern South America
The collared puffbird has a bright orange bill and orange feet and eyes.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Crescent-chested Puffbird - Malacoptila striata Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The crescent-chested puffbird is found in Brazil and Colombia .
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Crescent-chested Puffbird - Malacoptila striata profile Photos Least Concern South America
The crescent-chested puffbird is found in the interior of humid forests.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray-cheeked Nunlet - Nonnula frontalis Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The gray-cheeked nunlet is found in Colombia and Panama.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Lanceolated Monklet - Micromonacha lanceolata Photos Least Concern North America South America
The lanceolated monklet is native to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lanceolated Monklet - Micromonacha lanceolata Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The lanceolated monklet is found in subtropical and tropical forests.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Moustached Puffbird - Malacoptila mystacalis Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The moustached puffbird is found in Colombia and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pied Puffbird - Notharchus tectus Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The pied puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pied Puffbird - Notharchus tectus Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
At only six inches in length, the pied puffbird is one of the smaller puffbirds.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Rusty-breasted Nunlet - Nonnula rubecula Photos Video Least Concern South America
The rusty-breasted nunlet is found in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Rufous-capped Nunlet - Nonnula ruficapilla Video Audio Least Concern South America
The rufous-capped nunlet is found in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Rufous-necked Puffbird - Malacoptila rufa Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The rufous-necked puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Russet-throated Puffbird - Hypnelus ruficollis Photos Video Least Concern South America
The russet-throated puffbird is found in Colombia and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Rusty-breasted Nunlet - Nonnula rubecula Photos Video Least Concern South America
The rusty-breasted nunlet is found in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Semicollared Puffbird - Malacoptila semicincta Photos Least Concern South America
The semicollared puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Spot-backed Puffbird - Nystalus maculatus Photos Video Least Concern South America
The spot-backer puffbird is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Spot-backed Puffbird - Nystalus maculatus Photos Video Least Concern South America
The spot-backed puffbird builds its nest either by excavating in a bank or on flat ground.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Spotted Puffbird - Bucco tamatia Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The spotted puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Spotted Puffbird - Bucco tamatia Photos Video Least Concern South America
The spotted puffbird has a black bill, red eyes, and an orange forehead, throat and upper chest.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Striolated Puffbird - Nystalus striolatus Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The striolated puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Striolated Puffbird - Nystalus striolatus Photos Video Least Concern South America
The striolated puffbird is found in forest edges.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Swallow-winged Puffbird - Chelidoptera tenebrosa Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The swallow-winged puffbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Swallow-winged Puffbird - Chelidoptera tenebrosa Photos Video Least Concern South America
The swallow-winged puffbird is usually seen perched on trees by rivers and lakes waiting to capture insects.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-chested Puffbird - Malacoptila fusca Photos Video Least Concern South America
The white-chested puffbird is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-eared Puffbird - Nystalus chacuru Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The white-eared puffbird is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-eared Puffbird - Nystalus chacuru Photos Photos Least Concern South America
The white-eared puffbird has a bright orange-red bill and white patches over its ears.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-faced Nunbird - Hapaloptila castanea Photos Video Audio Least Concern South America
The white-faced nunbird is found in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-fronted Nunbird - Monasa morphoeus Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The white-fronted nunbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-fronted Nunbird - Monasa morphoeus Photos Photos Least Concern North America South America
The white-fronted nunbird is gray to black with a white forehead and chin.
Source: Birds of South America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-necked Puffbird - Notharchus hyperrhynchus Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The white-necked puffbird is found in Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-necked Puffbird - Notharchus hyperrhynchus profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
The white-necked puffbird has a white forehead and a broad black breast band.
Source: South American Birds Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-whiskered Puffbird - Malacoptila panamensis Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The white-whiskered puffbird is found in Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-billed Nunbird - Monasa flavirostris Photos Video Least Concern South America
The yellow-billed nunbird is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No