Bucconidae (puffbirds; class Aves, order Piciformes)
A family of small, black or brown and white birds that have thick necks and large heads. The bill is stout with a hooked, often bifid
, tip. There are rictal bristles
, and the feet are zygodactylous
. They are insectivorous and nest in holes in banks (one of the four species of Notharchus
nests in tree-termite nests). There are 10 genera, with 32 species, found in tropical forests
in Central and S. America.
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