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White-eared Puffbird

Nystalus chacuru


The White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru) is a species of bird in the Bucconidae family, the puffbirds. It is found in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina; also Peru. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, dry savanna, and heavily degraded former forest.


The White-eared Puffbird's range is in SE Brazil, and is centered on the Cerrado region; the range is also on the southeast Atlantic coast from northern Bahia state south to the Paraná–Santa Catarina state borders. The bird's range covers much of the eastern and northern Pantanal; also southern areas of the Caatinga. In the north and west parts of its range, the range covers the upstream headwaters of some Amazon Basin river systems. The White-eared Puffbird's range encompasses nearly all of northern Bolivia, the Madeira River's many headwater tributary rivers; also the extreme headwaters of the Tapajós River. East of the Tapajós, the range expands into the Cerrado, the upper half of the Xingu River drainage, and the entire drainage system of the Araguaia-Tocantins River, (the eastward system, typically considered part of the 'Amazon Basin'). Peru is part of the range on the very western border region of Bolivia; also some locale regions of north-central Peru. A second locale is mid-river on the downstream Madeira River in southern Amazon Basin Amazonas state.

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Aisse Gaertner
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Aisse Gaertner

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Spotted on Mar 7, 2013
Submitted on Mar 8, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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