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White-whiskered Puffbird

White-whiskered Puffbird
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Copyright: Luis Vargas (Chiza) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/50 seconds
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Date Submitted: 2009-05-06 20:13
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White-whiskered Puffbird
From Wikipedia
Malacoptila panamensis

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Piciformes

Family: Bucconidae

Genus: Malacoptila

Species: M. panamensis

Binomial name
Malacoptila panamensis
Lafresnaye, 1847
The White-whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis) is a bird which is a resident breeding species from southeastern Mexico to central Ecuador. It is sometimes known as White-whiskered Softwing.

This puffbird is found in forests, shady plantations, especially of cacao, and old second growth in lowlands and foothills up to 1200m. It nests in a 15-55 cm long, 6 cm diameter burrow in, usually, gently sloping ground. The wider nesting chamber is lined with dried leaves. The female lays 2, rarely 3, glossy white eggs; both sexes incubate the eggs and feed the young.

The White-whiskered Puffbird is a stout, large-headed, 18 cm long bird which weighs 42 g on average. It has bristles around the base of the large bill, and white “whiskers”, actually tufts of feathers. The adult male has pale brown upperparts and tail, with fine cinnamon spotting on the wings and crown. The underparts are cinnamon-buff, streaked darker, and becoming paler moving down the body to the almost white vent area. The female has a greyer brown back and darker streaks on the paler underparts, giving her a more contrasted appearance than the male.

Young birds are like the female but have barring on the upperparts and narrower streaks on the underparts.

The White-whiskered Puffbird has a thin whistled tseeeeeeeep call.

Like other puffbirds, this species hunts by a watch-and-wait technique, sitting motionless before darting to catch large insects, spiders, small frogs or lizards. These are taken back to the perch and beaten against it prior to consumption. Despite its size, this species is easily overlooked as it sits motionless in the foliage.

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Excellent photo with great sharpness, colours and nice details.

Hola Luis,
Magnifica toma de esta ave, exelente manejo del enfoque apuntado al ojo. Demás está decir que el nivel de fondo es magnifico y los detalles se aprecian muy bien. Muy bueno el control de la iluminación. Gran trabajo, Saludos desde Venezuela.


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