Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons)
Black-fronted Nunbird, Caseara, Tocantins, Brazil, January 2002 - click for larger image Brazil

The Black-fronted Nunbird is the largest member of the Puffbird family. It is an overall dull black with a slender and slightly decurved coral-red bill.

They are found in lower to middle levels of forest close to rivers and streams. Often in small groups they are quite noisy, singing together and sometimes calling to nearby groups who respond.

Black-fronted Nunbird, Guajará-Mirim, Rondônia, Brazil, March 2003 - click for larger image It is absent from terra firme forest which is occupied by White-fronted Nunbird Monachus morphoeus.

There are illustrations in Hilty & Brown, Plate 18; and in HBW, Volume 7, Pages 118 and 134.

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