The white-whiskered puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis) is a resident breeding bird species from southeastern Mexico to central Ecuador. It is sometimes known as the white-whiskered softwing.

This puffbird is found in forests, shady plantations, especially of Theobroma cacao, and old second growth in lowlands and foothills up to 1200m. It nests in a 15–55 cm (6–22 in) long, 6 cm (2.4 in) diameter burrow in, usually, gently sloping ground. The wider nesting chamber is lined with dried leaves. The female lays two, rarely three, glossy white eggs. Both sexes incubate the eggs and feed the young.

The white-whiskered puffbird is a stout, large-headed, 18 cm (7 in) long bird which weighs 42 g (1.5 oz) on average. It has bristles around the base of the large bill, and white "whiskers", which are actually tufts of feathers. The adult male has pale brown upperparts and tail, with fine cinnamon spotting on the wings and crown. The underparts are cinnamon-buff, streaked darker, and becoming paler moving down the body to the almost white vent area. The female has a greyer brown back and darker streaks on the paler underparts, giving her more contrast than the male.

Young birds are like the female but have barring on the upperparts and narrower streaks on the underparts.

The white-whiskered puffbird has a thin, whistled tseeeeeeeep call.

Like other puffbirds, this species hunts by a watch-and-wait technique, sitting motionless before darting to catch large insects, spiders, small frogs and lizards. These are taken back to the perch and beaten against it prior to consumption. Despite its size, this species is easily overlooked as it sits motionless in the foliage.
White-whiskered Puffbird
Date Location Count
2020-03-14 08:02Lamanai Maya site1
2020-03-11 13:18La Milpa Field Station2
2020-03-13 06:05Runaway Creek1
2020-03-11 10:32Chan Chich escarpment2
2020-03-19 17:14Gallon Jug1
2020-04-01 06:30Chan Chich2
2020-03-17 10:25Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve2
2020-03-17 05:54Jaguar Creek1
2020-03-15 08:49St. Herman's Blue Hole NP1
2020-03-06 16:20Aguacate Ruins1
2020-03-19 12:08Aguacate Lagoon1
2020-03-07 11:04Mayflower Bocawina NP1
2020-03-15 14:01Pook's Hill Lodge1
2020-03-16 07:19Mountain Pine Ridge--Forest Reserve Gate2
2020-03-26 08:42Mystic River Resort2
2020-03-16 10:30Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary1
2020-03-09 07:15Elijio Panti NP--Wildside Trail1
2020-03-28 06:17Black Rock Lodge1
2020-03-11 08:08PN Tikal--sitio arqueológico1
2020-03-10 09:45PN Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo--sitio arqueológico Yaxhá
2020-03-16 10:45Caracol National Monument1
2020-03-09 10:00PN Laguna del Tigre--Waka' Perú1
2020-03-18 09:28Catarata Bijagua2
2020-03-18 09:27Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat1
2020-03-13 06:45La Selva (OTS Reserve)--entrance road1
2020-03-14 08:03La Selva (OTS Reserve)--Sendero Zompopa1
2020-03-19 05:58La Selva (OTS Reserve)1
2020-03-08 11:30SarapiquiS Rainforest Lodge1
2020-04-03 05:39Tirimbina Rainforest Center2
2020-03-19 05:57Rainforest Chocolate Tour1
2020-03-11 09:10PN Braulio Carrillo--Quebrada González1
2020-03-31 07:30Veragua Rainforest Park
2020-03-22 09:50Garduk1
2020-03-08 08:15PN Cahuita--Puerto Vargas1
2020-03-11 06:00Reserva Biológica Hitoy-Cerere2
2020-03-08 09:35Barro Colorado Island--Donato Trail1
2020-03-14 07:00Pipeline Road1
2020-03-14 06:40Panama Rainforest Discovery Center1
2020-03-16 06:52Pipeline Road (entrance to Juan Grande creek)1
2020-03-10 16:45Ammo Dump Ponds1
2020-03-19 06:31Gamboa (town)1
2020-03-12 07:00Plantation Road1
2020-03-27 08:25Semaphore Hill Road1
2020-03-09 06:00PN Carara--Puente Río Tárcoles1
2020-03-19 09:00PN Carara--Sendero La Meandrica4
2020-03-08 08:29Reserva San Francisco1
2020-03-17 07:28PN Carara--main headquarters1
2020-03-19 13:45PN Carara--Sendero Quebrada Bonita1
2020-03-08 13:29Tárcoles--humedal por Hotel Carara2
2020-03-19 05:47Villa Lapas1
2020-03-10 08:41Rainforest Adventures - Jacó1
2020-03-13 06:18Zona Protectora Las Tablas1
2020-03-13 05:18ZP Las Tablas--Amistad Lodge1
2020-03-17 09:11Esquinas Rainforest Lodge1
2020-03-11 10:14PN Darién--Sendero a Rancho Frío3
2020-03-10 10:10PN Corcovado--Rio Pizote1
2020-03-16 08:00Bolita Rainforest Hostel
2020-03-19 07:32PN Corcovado--Sector Sirena2
2020-03-13 07:25Finca Velásquez1
2020-03-19 09:30RN Cañon del Río Claro2
2020-03-19 05:54RN San Cipriano-Escalerete1
2020-03-12 06:30RN Aguaclara3
2020-03-21 06:27Via Antigua a Buenaventura1
2020-03-14 08:02Awa (La Union) Road1
2020-03-10 06:00Playa de Oro Reserva de Los Tigrillos1
2020-03-15 06:47Rio Silanche Bird Sanctuary1
2020-03-20 10:19Reserva Maquipucuna2
2020-03-08 09:00Rancho Suamox1