Bare-throated Bellbird Procnias nudicollis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Alex. E. Jahn

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.. 2018. Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.