Spotted Puffbird

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bucco tamatia

Spotted Puffbird

The Spotted Puffbird is a compact, medium-sized bird with a large head and bill.

It measures 7.5 inches in length and weighs 33 - 42 grams.

They are easily identifiable by their prominent black marks on sides of neck and extensively spotted underparts, as well as by shape and behavior.

Song, usually given in pre-dawn darkness, is a two-noted phrase repeated in a long, rapid series.

Mixed diet, composed of fruits and arthropods. It follows columns of legionary ants and also hunts lizards.

Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical swamps and heavily degraded former forest.

Found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

Nest is built in a tunnel that digs in some ravines, also in nests of arboreal termites or hollow trees.

The female lays 2 - 3 eggs, which the couple incubates for approximately 15 days.


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