Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Least Concern

Semicollared Puffbird (Malacoptila semicincta)


French: Tamatia à semi-collier German: Halbring-Faulvogel Spanish: Buco de medio collar

Malacoptila semicincta


, 1925,

Hyutanahan, Rio Purus, Brazil


Closely related to M. fusca. Monotypic.


Extreme W Brazil, SE Peru and NW Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 44 g. Blackish-brown head and upperparts with conspicuous pale shaft streaks; rufous hindcollar; white lores, whiskers and chin; tail medium length, strongly... read more


A series of thin, rather high-pitched, melancholy, descending “Fééeur” or “pseuu” whistles, each at... read more


Inhabits understorey, undergrowth and lower middle storey at edges of humid tropical lowland ... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Occurs in Tambopata Reserve, Peru. Has been judged to be rare, but 2–3... read more

Recommended citation

Rasmussen, P.C. & Collar, N. (2019). Semicollared Puffbird (Malacoptila semicincta). 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 15 November 2019).