Puffbirds (Bucconidae)

White-necked Puffbird (Notharchus macrorhynchos) - HBW 7, p. 125

French: Tamatia à gros bec German: Weißhals-Faulvogel Spanish: Buco Picogordo

Taxonomy: Bucco macrorhynchos J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Cayenne.
Forms a superspecies with N. swainsoni, with which usually regarded as conspecific (see page105). Races hyperrhynchus and paraensis markedly distinct from nominate, and together may constitute a separate species. Birds from El Salvador and NW Nicaragua sometimes separated as race cryptoleucus, but probably indistinguishable from hyperrhynchus. Population of Santa Marta Mts (N Colombia) may represent a separate race; further study needed. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hyperrhynchus (P. L. Sclater, 1856) - S Mexico (Oaxaca) S to N & NE Venezuela, and S to Colombia, Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia and W Brazil (E to R Tapajós and S to Mato Grosso).
  • macrorhynchos (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - extreme E Venezuela, the Guianas and extreme N Brazil S to the Amazon.
  • paraensis Sassi, 1932 - lower Amazon Valley in Brazil (Pará E of R Tapajós and into N Maranhão).