Bare-throated Bellbird Procnias nudicollis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Alex. E. Jahn, Maurício Bettio, Joaquín Cereghetti, Carla Suertegaray Fontana, Márcio Repenning, and Thomas Brandt Ryder

Currently classified as Vulnerable by BirdLife International, this species, the southernmost in distribution of the four bellbirds, is much sought-after for the commercial cagebird trade. Bare-throated Bellbird is endemic to the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil south to northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay. While the nearly all-white male sings from high perches above the canopy and is unmistakable, females are drab olive and yellow birds, heavily streaked below, with a blackish crown and throat. There is some geographical overlap with Bearded Bellbird (Procnias averano) in northeastern Brazil. Unlike the female Bearded Bellbird, however, the female Bare-throated Bellbird has a much more solidly dark crown and, especially, throat. These two species generally replace each other altitudinally in northeast Brazil, with Bearded Bellbird probably largely confined to remnant lowland forests.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Jahn, A. E., M. Bettio, J. Cereghetti, C. Suertegaray Fontana, M. Repenning, and T. B. Ryder (2018). Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.