Sunday, December 25, 2011

White-faced Nunbird

Christmas Day has me thinking about birds named after the heiarchy of the Catholic Church--the first birds to come to mind are cardinals, Red Bishops, and Prothonotary Warblers; monklets and nunlets are out there too--and there are others. This White-faced Nunbird is found in Central and South America. This photo is from Ecuador. Nunbirds eat a variety of prey--insects and other arthropods, and even frogs and lizards, as well as various fruits. They dig nesting tunnels beneath the jungle floor. They are classified as puffbirds, a neotropical bird family. The Handbook of the Birds of the World classifies puffbirds in the order, Galbuliformes (which they share with another tropical family, jacamars), and considers them to be remotely related to woodpeckers, barbets, or motmots.

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