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Books about Puffbirds

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Puffbirds. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Bucconidae

There are about 35 species in this neotropical family.

The majority of these birds are called Puffbirds but the family also includes Nunlets, Nunbirds and a Monklet.


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


613 pages, 69 colour plates, over 300 colour photos, 402 distribution maps.

Families covered in this volume include jacamars, puffbirds, barbets, toucans, honeyguides, and woodpeckers.

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Catalogue Of The Picariae In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XIX

Scansores and Coccyges: P.L. Sclater

Indicatoridae, Capitonidae, Cuculidae and Musophagidae: G.E. Shelley

Colour plates: J. Smit (4), J.G. Keulemans (9)

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)


From the preface:

"The present volume contains an account of the remaining families of the suborder Scansores, and of those of the suborder Coccyges. The arrangement of three of these families, which are entirely composed of Neotropical forms, was undertaken by Mr. P. L, Sclater, that of the remainder by Captain G. E. Shelley. The numbers of species of the several families, and of the specimens at present in the Collection of the British Museum, are as follows: Indicatoridae, 12; Capitonidae, 112; Rhamphastidae, 59; Galbulidae, 21; Bucconidae, 43; Cuculidae, 176; Musophagidae, 25. Of the 448 species recorded, 32 are not represented in the Museum; but besides the 73 types of species admitted as valid, the Collection contains 50 other typical specimens the names of which are now relegated to the synonymic lists. Of donations not already mentioned on former occasions, I have to refer to the two following, which were specially useful in supplementing the series of specimens catalogued in the present volume: the entire collection of Cuckoos formed by Mr. H. Seebohm, and consisting of 539 specimens; and a valuable series of South-African birds collected by T. and W. Ayres in Natal and the Transvaal for the late Mr. J. H. Gurney, and presented by his son."
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A Monograph Of The Jacamars And Puff-Birds, Or Families Galbulid And Bucconid

P.L. Sclater

Colour plates: J.G. Keulemans

R.H. Porter



"The Jacamars and Puff-birds formed the subject of some of my earliest studies in Ornithology. Of the former of these families I published a Synopsis in 1852, of the latter in 1856. Since those dates I have not failed to add to my series of examples of both these groups whenever the opportunity has presented itself. Assisted by the additional materials thus acquired, and by the excellent collection of the birds of both these groups in the cabinets of my friends Salvin and Godman (which has been placed unreservedly at my service), it has been a great pleasure to me to go over former ground and to do my best to give a complete account of what is as yet known of the Jacamars and Puff-birds. I trust that the work now completed will be found worthy to rank along Avith other similar well-known Monographs that have been lately issued, and to find a place next to them on the book-shelves of my brother Naturalists. I have to acknowledge the cordial assistance received from many friends during the progress of this work, and especially the kind aid rendered to me by Mr. W. A. Forbes, who has provided me with some most valuable notes on the anatomy and osteology of the birds of these two groups."
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Last updated December 2011