Jeff Wendorff's photography portfolio of Puffbirds from the family Bucconidae.

Puffbird, any of about 34 species of tropical American birds that constitute the family Bucconidae (order Piciformes). They are named for their habit of perching tamely in the open with the feathers of their large heads and short necks puffed out. Some species are known as nunlets and nunbirds.

They have large heads and thick flattened bills with a hooked tip. The loose abundant plumage and short tails makes them look stout and puffy, giving rise to their name. They feed on insects and small vertebrates caught by a watch and wait technique. They are mainly hole nesters, laying 2-3 glossy white eggs in a hole in the ground or a termite mound.

I teach wildlife and nature photography workshops across the US and lead safaris in Africa as well. Several of my workshops feature bird photography. You can learn more about my workshops online at www.wildlifeworkshops.com.
White-whiskered Puffbird - Costa Rica