White-eared Puffbird (Nystalus chacuru)
White-eared Puffbird, Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais, Brazil
April 2001.

Outside the Amazon Basin, the White-eared Puffbird is probably the most common puffbird.

It has a strikingly red bill with dark tip and hook as well as the eponymous white "ears".

It is found in the cerrado and other open country habitats in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina.

The generic name "Nystalus" is derived from the Greek word for drowsy and reflects the apparently lazy or languid nature of the Puffbird family.

There are illustrations in Sick, Plate 23; and in HBW, Volume 7, Pages 111, 115 and 124.

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