Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Least Concern

Lanceolated Monklet (Micromonacha lanceolata)


French: Barbacou lancéolé German: Streifenfaulvogel Spanish: Monjilla lanceolada

Bucco lanceolata


, 1849,

Pampa del Sacramento, upper Ucayali River, eastern Peru


Birds from Costa Rica to W Panama named as race austinsmithi, but supposed distinguishing characters weak and inconstant. Monotypic.


Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and WC Panama; also from W, SW & SC Colombia S on both sides of Andes, on W side to NW Ecuador and on E to NE Peru, W Brazil and C Bolivia#R.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 19–22 g. Unlikely to be confused; all of the superficially similar Malacoptila puffbirds are rather larger and much more heavily streaked on... read more


Rarely heard and easily overlooked, 1–5 high, thin, plaintive rising whistles, “sewee... read more


Middle and upper storeys, shady open borders, edges and natural treefall clearings in primary... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, including cicadas and katydids; also berries. Sallies for insects from exposed perch, typically 4–8 m above ground... read more


May in Costa Rica; May (late wet season) in W Ecuador; young being fed in Dec in Bolivia. One nest found in Ecuador was an excavated tunnel... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Formerly considered Near Threatened. Has been described as rare throughout range, but this may reflect fact that this species is difficult to detect... read more

Recommended citation

Rasmussen, P.C., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Lanceolated Monklet (Micromonacha lanceolata). 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 14 December 2018).