Neotropical bellbird

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Neotropical bellbird
Flickr - Rainbirder - Bearded Bellbird (Procnias averano) male calling.jpg
Bearded bellbird (Procnias averano)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cotingidae
Genus: Procnias
Illiger, 1811

Neotropical bellbird (or simply bellbird) is the common name given to passerine birds of the genus Procnias, found in the Neotropics. They are members of the cotinga family. In some parts of their range, they are sometimes referred to as "araponga". They are all restricted to tropical or subtropical humid forested regions, often in low mountains or foothills. As indicated by their common name, they all have very loud voices.

Three of the four species are restricted to South America, while the last, the three-wattled bellbird, is restricted to southern Central America.

They are strongly sexually dimorphic. Males have an at least partially white plumage, and facial wattles or bare facial skin. Females lack the wattles/bare facial skin, and are overall olive with yellowish streaks below.

Species list[edit]

Genus Procnias

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Procnias tricarunculata -Costa Rica -male-8-4c.jpg Procnias tricarunculatus Three-wattled bellbird Costa Rica, to western Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
Procnias alba - Naturmuseum Senckenberg - DSC02064a.JPG Procnias albus White bellbird Guianas, Venezuela and Pará
Procnias averano.jpg Procnias averano Bearded bellbird Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Guyana, Venezuela, Bolivia and northern Brazil
Procnias nudicollis , araponga , floresta.jpg Procnias nudicollis Bare-throated bellbird Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina

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