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(Redirected from Nystalus maculatus)
Photo © by renato.santos.4b
Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 12 December 2021
Nystalus maculatus

Includes: Chaco Puffbird


Photo © by gaviao-real
Ilha de Marajó, Brazil, July 2007

18–19 cm (7-7½ in)

  • Red bill
  • Yellowish-brown lower throat and collar
  • White breast and belly with black spots
  • Spotted back

It is similar in size to the White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru).


Male, Chaco Puffbird
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Salta Province, Argentina, October, 2019

South America: found in Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • N. m. maculatus:
  • North-eastern and central Brazil (to south-western Mato Grosso)
  • N. m. striatipectus:


Monte Desert. Subtropical and tropical Xeriphytic scrub forests and dry savanna. Observed at heights around 1,037 m



The diet consists mostly of insects such as beetles and small amphibians.


The nest is a hole excavated in a bank or flat ground.


A tremulous tewre-tewtewre-tewtewre.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Birdforum Member observations
  5. Rasmussen, P.C. & Collar, N. (2020). Spot-backed Puffbird (Nystalus maculatus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55965 on 8 March 2020)

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