Family Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru)


French: Tamatia chacuru German: Weißohr-Faulvogel Spanish: Buco chacurú

Bucco chacuru


, 1816,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. c. uncirostris (Stolzmann, 1926) – E Peru, NE Bolivia and adjacent Brazil.
  • N. c. chacuru (Vieillot, 1816) – NE, E & S Brazil, E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    21–22 cm; 48–64 g. White above bill, becoming narrow white crown­stripe; short pale supercilium; white upper ear-coverts, malar region and throat; large black... read more


    Loud, whistled whinnying song of c. 8 double low/high whistles, tremulous and descending, “... read more


    Mid-stratum and edge of tropical dry forest, second growth, gallery forest, open woodland, wooded... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet appears opportunistic. Arthropods, and small vertebrates such as lizards (e.g. Polychrus acutirostris, Cnemydophorus... read more


    Sept–Jan/Feb in SE Brazil; at start of rains in C Brazil. Nest-hole dug in ground or bank, occasionally in road cutting or railroad... read more


    Mainly resident; apparently migratory in extreme S.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon and local in Peru, where known from several widely scattered localities—the Mayo Valley (perhaps no recent records), the Apurí... read more

    Recommended citation

    Rasmussen, P.C., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru). 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 23 September 2019).