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White-whiskered Puffbird

Malacoptila panamensis


The White-whiskered Puffbird inhabits humid evergreen forests and shady forest edges from southeastern Mexico to Ecuador. Unlike most other species of puffbird, the White-whiskered shows noticeable differences in plumage between the sexes with males showing strong rufous tones to the face and chest. Like other puffbirds, its habit of perching quietly for long periods in the understory or mid levels of the forest makes it easy to overlook. It may seem as if the bird is simply resting, but the perception of inactivity is only a guise. Puffbirds sally out to catch insects, spiders, frogs or lizards then return to a perch where they beat their prey against a perch before swallowing them. White-whiskered Puffbirds sometimes attend army ant swarms or join mixed flocks. (Cornell)

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Tom15 10 years ago

Too bad about you getting sick, but unfortunately that's one of the hazards of foreign travel. Hope you feel better soon. Looking forward to seeing your pics!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Great! Working on photos now, hope to have at least a few up by the end of the day. Got pretty sick at the beginning of the trip and I'm still battling that so it's putting a damper on things, but I'm going to the doctor on Monday so hopefully will get better after that :)

Tom15 10 years ago

Ashley I agree it is a cute little bird. Welcome back from Africa, how was the trip?

AshleyT 10 years ago

Cute little guy!

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Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on Dec 2, 2013
Submitted on Jan 11, 2014

Spotted for Mission

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