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Crescent-chested Puffbird - BirdForum Opus

Malacoptila striata


17·5–20 cm (6¾-7¾ in) The white crescent on the chest is bordered below by a black band below which the belly is rufous to buffy with white in the centre.


South America: a Brazilian endemic.



There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • M. s. minor:
  • Humid lowlands of north-eastern Brazil (north-eastern Maranhão)
  • M. s. striata:
  • South-eastern Brazil (southern Bahia and eastern Minas Gerais to Santa Catarina)


Interior of humid forests and forest edges.



Their diet probably consists of a variety of invertebrates. They follow army ant swarms.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)

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