Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-capped Puffbird (Cyphos macrodactylus)


French: Tamatia macrodactyle German: Braunkappen-Faulvogel Spanish: Buco cabecirrojo

Cyphos macrodactylus


, 1824,

Fonte Boa, Amazonas, Brazil


Birds from R Caura region (NW Bolívar to E Amazonas) of S Venezuela often treated as geographical race, caurensis, but probably inseparable from other populations. Monotypic.


S Venezuela, E Colombia and E Ecuador S to E Peru, upper Amazonian Brazil and N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

14–16·5 cm; 25 g. Crown chestnut; long narrow whitish supercilium, broader white stripe just below cheek bisecting black patch on side of face and broad collar... read more


Song (mainly given at or prior to dawn) a series of plaintive but abrupt rising notes ending in... read more


Usually found in the subcanopy, understorey and undergrowth near water at borders of humid ... read more

Food and feeding

Large roach (Blattodea) found in one stomach, but reported to also take small vertebrates and other large arthropods. Observed once to... read more


Nest in hole in arboreal termitarium c. 2·5 m above ground in SE Peru. No other details known.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in Venezuela, e.g. six heard calling simultaneously. Uncommon in Colombia and Ecuador. Uncommon generally in Peru; density of 1 pair/... read more

Recommended citation

Rasmussen, P.C., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Chestnut-capped Puffbird (Cyphos macrodactylus). 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 17 November 2018).