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Neotropical bellbird
Bearded bellbird (Procnias averano)
Scientific classification
Species
  • Procnias albus
  • Procnias averano
  • Procnias nudicollis
  • Procnias tricarunculata

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 extremely loud calls that are reminiscent of a metal bell being rung.

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

Genus Procnias

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Procnias tricarunculata -Costa Rica -male-8-4c.jpg Procnias tricarunculatus Three-wattled bellbird Costa Rica, to eastern Honduras, Nicaragua and western Panama
Procnias albus - White bellbird (male).JPG Procnias albus White bellbird Guianas, Venezuela and ParĂ¡ (Brazil)
Procnias averano.jpg Procnias averano Bearded bellbird Venezuela (+ adjacent parts of Colombia and Guyana), Trinidad & Tobago and northeastern Brazil
Procnias nudicollis , araponga , floresta.jpg Procnias nudicollis Bare-throated bellbird Atlantic forest and adjacent moist areas
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