Long-wattled Umbrellabird Cephalopterus penduliger

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The Long-wattled Umbrellabird is a rare to uncommon resident of humid foothill and lowland forests of the Pacific slope of the Andes from Colombia to southwestern Ecuador.  The chest wattle of the male indeed is long, but the bird can control the length of the wattle, shortening the wattle at will; for example, the wattle always is retracted in flight. Females and immature males have little or no wattle, but have a crest, although the crest is shorter than in adult males. Long-wattled Umbrellabirds form small leks where males display with their long, pendulous wattle while sounding off with their far-carrying, fog-horn-like call. The Long-wattled Umbrellabird is considered globally Vulnerable and, mostly due to hunting pressures and habitat destruction is considered endangered within Ecuador.

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Recommended Citation

Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/lowumb1