Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-headed Nunlet (Nonnula amaurocephala)


French: Barbacou à face rousse German: Rotkopf-Faulvogel Spanish: Monjilla cabeciparda

Nonnula amaurocephala


, 1921,

Manacapurú, Rio Solimões, Brazil


Closely related to N. frontalis and N. ruficapilla. Monotypic.


NW Brazil N of Amazon and W of R Negro.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 15–16 g. Rather distinctive a species within its fairly uniform genus. Shows large rufous nasal tufts; entire head to upper mantle and breast to upper... read more


No information available.


Occupies understorey of shaded igapó forest (relatively stunted seasonally flooded black... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably chiefly invertebrates; observed making short sallying flights of 0·5–3 m.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near-threatened. ­Restricted-range species: present in Amazon Flooded Forests EBA. Recent information on habitat suggests... read more

Recommended citation

Rasmussen, P.C. & Collar, N. (2020). Chestnut-headed Nunlet (Nonnula amaurocephala). 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 29 March 2020).