Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Least Concern

Black-breasted Puffbird (Notharchus pectoralis)


French: Tamatia à plastron German: Gürtelfaulvogel Spanish: Buco pechinegro

Bucco pectoralis

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

no locality


Considered closely related to N. ordii. Monotypic.


Canal Zone of Panama E to C Colombia and S to NW Ecuador.

Descriptive notes

19–23 cm; 60–69 g. Mostly glossy blue-black; white throat, separated by a broad black band from white auricular patch, narrow white nuchal collar; scapulars, wing... read more


Song 10–30 loud “kwee” whistles followed by 3 or so lower, slower “whew... read more


Humid and wet lowland forest, second-growth woodland, often near running water; less frequently at... read more

Food and feeding

Large centipedes (Chilopoda), millipedes (Diplopoda), scorpions (Scorpiones), spiders, roaches (Blattodea), grasshoppers or katydids (... read more


Mar–May in NW Colombia; Mar–Jul in Panama. Nest in hole c. 18 cm deep, excavated by both sexes, in arboreal termitarium 2·3... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, but common at least locally, and habit of spending long periods motionless inside canopy probably mask its status elsewhere.... read more

Recommended citation

Rasmussen, P.C. & Collar, N. (2020). Black-breasted Puffbird (Notharchus pectoralis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 30 March 2020).