Conservation Status

One species, the sooty-capped puffbird, is listed as Near Threatened, in danger of becoming threatened with extinction. Generally, all puffbird populations are declining throughout South and Central America mostly because their forested areas are growing smaller.


Puffbirds were given their name because of their ability to "puff up" their feathers when alarmed. The combination of their large head, short tail, and often loose feathers also gives them a "puffy" look.

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