The White-Whiskered Puffbird (Malacoptila panamensis) inhabits from southeast Mexico to west Ecuador. Its natural habits are understory to middle levels of forest, shady semi-open, in cacao plantations, or old second growth. Adults are 18 cm (7 inches) in height and 42 g in weight.
Its upperparts are bright olive-brown. Its crown, mantle, and wing-coverts are spotted with cinnamon-brown to cinnamon- buff. Throat buffy-white, and chest tawny brown to cinnamon. Upper mandible blackish, and lower yellowish. Feet are yellowish-brown. They feed on insects like ants, small frogs and lizards, and spiders.