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Procnias albus

White Bellbird

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae


Procnias albus

Carajás, Pará, Brazil; © Arthur Grosset

Of the four species of Procnias, it this species whose voice can perhaps be considered most bell-like. This bellbird, which is basically restricted to tall forests of the Guiana Shield, with an outlying population (and separate subspecies) found in a limited area of southeast Amazonian Brazil, is probably most closely related to the Central American representative of the genus, the Three-wattled Bellbird (Procnias tricarunculatus). The White Bellbird seems to perform some type of migrations, or at least long-distance wanderings, as scattered records in central Amazonia and on Trinidad attest. As its name suggests, the White Bellbird is indeed all white, but for the black wattle adorned with white ‘rosettes’, which hangs loosely over the bill when the bird is not displaying. Females of this species are mainly green and yellow, like other non-adult male bellbirds.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. White Bellbird (Procnias albus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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