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25 cms (9Â¾ in).
 Similar species
Guianan Puffbird has a much smaller white area at the front of the head, narrower white hindcollar, much more extensive black barring on the flanks, noticeably smaller bill, and differ in voice from other populations.
Central and South America:
Three subspecies accepted:
Subspecies cryptoleucus is not recognized by all authorities, it is sometimes instead included within hyperrhynchus.
Forest borders and secondary growth.
The diet consists of large insects and small vertebrates, also some vegetable matter may be eaten.
Both sexes excavate cavity nests in arboreal termitaries; holes in the ground or in trees are also reported.
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