Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Near Threatened

Sooty-capped Puffbird (Nystactes noanamae)


French: Tamatia de Colombie German: Rußkappen-Faulvogel Spanish: Buco de Noanamá

Bucco noanamæ


, 1909,

Noanamá, Río San Juan, Chocó, Colombia


Closely related to N. tamatia. Monotypic.


Coastal W Colombia from Gulf of Urabá S to R San Juan.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Crown and nape blackish to greyish-black; long, prominent white supercilium becoming grey towrds rear, broad black line through and below eye and including ear-coverts... read more


Song is a long series of 20-40 whistles, starting almost at a trilling pace, then becoming more... read more


Inhabits humid and wet forest, second-growth woodland and adjacent non-forest areas (once an... read more

Food and feeding

Limited information available. Known to take insects. Perches for long periods on open branches, motionless and inconspicuous, before... read more


Pair delivering food to nest in arboreal termitarium, late Aug. No further information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Generally uncommon. Common in Los Katíos National... read more

Recommended citation

Rasmussen, P.C., Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2020). Sooty-capped Puffbird (Nystactes noanamae). 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 10 April 2020).