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Procnias averano

Bearded Bellbird

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Naughton, Meredith, Devan Monette, and Wendy Tori

Procnias averano

St. George, Trinidad; 15 May 2006 © Steve Garvie

The only bellbird resident on the island of Trinidad, the male Bearded Bellbird is arguably the most exquisite and bizarre of the four species of Procnias. Elsewhere the species ranges discontinuously across northern South America, in parts of extreme northeast Colombia, northern and southeast Venezuela, and southwest Guyana, as well as in northeast Brazil. Bearded Bellbird forms a species-pair with Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis), which is endemic to the Atlantic Forest region. Although the "beard" may be difficult to see at a distance, the male Bearded Bellbird, with its chocolate-brown hood and black wings contrasting with the white or palest of gray bodies, is still very easily identified, even in those areas, such as southeast Venezuela, where it occurs sympatrically with White Bellbird (Procnias albus).

Recommended Citation

Naughton, Meredith, Devan Monette, and Wendy Tori. 2012. Bearded Bellbird (Procnias averano), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Polygyny
  • Nest Form:Platform
  • Clutch: 1 - 1
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern