puffbird


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puffbird

(ˈpʌfˌbɜːd)
n
(Animals) any of various brownish tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, having a large head: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
[C19: so called because of its habit of puffing out its feathers]
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Noun1.puffbird - brownish tropical American bird having a large head with fluffed out feathers
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
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The informants reported 30 bird species as biodindicators of rain, being most commonly mentioned the smooth-billed ani (Crotophaga ani), laughing cachinnans (Herpetotheres cachinnans), red-legged (Cariana cristata), and spot-backed puffbird (Nystalus maculatus).
NUN a South American puffbird, so-called because of its sombre colouring, which is relieved by white on the head.