The Black Nunbird is glossy blue-black with white-grey edges on its wings and a bright orange-red beak, and belongs to the family of birds known as puffbirds. 

A Black Nunbird (Monasa atra), photographed in Rockstone Village, Essequibo River. Photo by Kester Clarke (

They are usually found perched upright near water and they feed mainly on insects which they take from leaves and branches rather than aerially like others in the puffbird family.


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