13 December, 2010

White-whiskered Puffbird

Scientific Name: Malacoptila panamensis

Population Estimate: 50K - 500K

Range / Habitat: Resident breeding species in lowland forest from southern Mexico through Central America, into northern South America.

Field Notes: Typical puffbird posture as above. Chunky birds with relatively long tail, held closed. They sit motionless and silent for long periods of time and are frequently overlooked. Plumage of this species unmistakable for others in this range.

Personal Notes: Seen at Aquacate, Belize and Cararo National Park, CR.

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