Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Least Concern

Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis)


French: Tamatia à collier German: Halsband-Faulvogel Spanish: Buco musiú

Bucco capensis


, 1766,

Cape of Good Hope; error = the Guianas


Birds from SE Colombia to Ecuador and E Peru sometimes treated as race dugandi, but this form is doubtfully distinct. Monotypic.


Amazon Basin from E Ecuador and SE Colombia E to S Venezuela, the Guianas and N Brazil (E to Belém), and S to NE Peru and N Mato Grosso.

Descriptive notes

18·5–19 cm; 46–62 g. Dark rufous above, crown to mantle, wing-coverts and tertials finely barred, rump paler rufous with fewer black bars; complete black... read more


Song (mainly given at dawn or just before) a repeated, brisk, mewing “cua-will, cua-will... read more


Understorey and sometimes middle storey to subcanopy of primary humid terra firme forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Lizards, snakes and frogs, taken from the forest floor or from foliage; also beetles, orthopterans, cicadas (Cicadidae) and other large... read more


May in Venezuela; laying female in Sept in Guyana. Excavates a hole in arboreal termitarium. A nest in Ecuador was excavated 4·5 m... read more


Presumably resident. Territories reported to be small and to be occupied for many years.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to common in most of range, e.g. fairly common in parts of S Venezuela. Rare to locally uncommon in Ecuador. Generally rare... read more

Recommended citation

Rasmussen, P.C., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis). 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 21 May 2019).