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Encyclopedia > Bucconidae
Puffbirds and allies
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Bucconidae
Genera

Notharchus
Bucco
Nystalus
Hypnelus
Micromonacha
Nonnula
Hapaloptila
Chelidoptera
Malacoptila
Monasa

The puffbirds and their relatives in the near passerine bird family Bucconidae are tropical near passerine birds from Mexico.


They are related to the jacamars, but lack the iridescent colours of that family. They are mainly brown, with large heads and flattened bills with a hooked tip. They feed on insects.


Like most of their relatives, this group are hole nesters, laying 2-3 white eggs in a hole in the ground or a termite mound.


This group is related to other Piciformes as below, although it should be noted that the jacamars and the puffbirds are sometimes given an order of their own, Galbuliformes:


Order Piciformes

  • Family Picidae, (woodpeckers, piculets, and wrynecks
  • Family Capitonidae, (barbets)
  • Family Ramphastidae, (toucans)
  • Family Indicatoridae, (honeyguides)
  • Family Galbulidae, (jacamars
  • Family Bucconidae:
    • Genus Notharchus
      • White-necked Puffbird, Notharchus macrorhynchos
      • Black-breasted Puffbird, Notharchus pectoralis
      • Brown-banded Puffbird, Notharchus ordii
      • Pied Puffbird, Notharchus tectus
    • Genus Bucco
      • Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Bucco macrodactylus
      • Spotted Puffbird, Bucco tamatia
      • Sooty-capped Puffbird, Bucco noanamae
      • Collared Puffbird, Bucco capensis
    • Genus Nystalus
      • Barred Puffbird, Nystalus radiatus
      • White-eared Puffbird, Nystalus chacuru
      • Striolated Puffbird, Nystalus striolatus
      • Spot-backed Puffbird, Nystalus maculatus
    • Genus Hypnelus
      • Russet-throated Puffbird, Hypnelus ruficollis
    • Genus Malacoptila
      • White-chested Puffbird, Malacoptila fusca
      • Semicollared Puffbird, Malacoptila semicincta
      • Crescent-chested Puffbird, Malacoptila striata
      • Black-streaked Puffbird, Malacoptila fulvogularis
      • Rufous-necked Puffbird, Malacoptila rufa
      • White-whiskered Puffbird, Malacoptila panamensis
      • Moustached Puffbird, Malacoptila mystacalis
    • Genus Micromonacha
      • Lanceolated Monklet, Micromonacha lanceolata
    • Genus Nonnula , the nunlets
      • Fulvous-chinned Nunlet, Nonnula sclateri
      • Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Nonnula rubecula
      • Brown Nunlet, Nonnula brunnea
      • Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Nonnula frontalis
      • Rufous-capped Nunlet, Nonnula ruficapilla
      • Chestnut-headed Nunlet, Nonnula amaurocephala
    • Genus Hapaloptila
      • White-faced Nunbird, Hapaloptila castanea
    • Genus Monasa , the nun birds
      • Black Nunbird, Monasa atra
      • Black-fronted Nunbird, Monasa nigrifrons
      • White-fronted Nunbird, Monasa morphoeus
      • Yellow-billed Nunbird, Monasa flavirostris
    • Genus Chelidoptera
      • Swallow-wing Chelidoptera tenebrosa





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MONOPHYLY OF THE PICIFORMES: A REPLY TO OLSON (4561 words)
The representative forms il- lustrated are Colaptes auratus (Picidae; Pici), Bucco tamiata (Bucconidae; Galbulae), and Galbula dea (Galbulidae; Galbulae).
Simpson and Cracraft (1981: 491) were very specific in their criticism; none of the taxa of the Primobucconidae is known to have an en- larged sehnenhalter.
This is why Simpson and Cracraft (1981: 491) suggested that one or more taxa currently included in the Primo- bucconidae might be the sister group of the Piciformes.
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