Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Amazonian Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus ornatus)


French: Coracine ornée German: Kurzlappen-Schirmvogel Spanish: Paragüero ornado

Cephalopterus ornatus

É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire

, 1809,

Barcelos, Rio Negro, Brazil




Almost entire Amazon Basin, from Andean foothills in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, E to S Venezuela (drainage of upper and middle R Orinoco), locally SW Guyana, and Brazil (E to R Negro and R Xingu drainages, S to S Mato Grosso, just extending to headwaters of R Paraguai).

Descriptive notes

Male 48–51 cm, probably c. 500 g; female 41–43 cm, 1 bird 380 g. The largest Neotropical passerine. Highly distinctive, with huge crest; bill large, corvid-like.... read more


Male advertising call a deep, melodious, far-carrying boom. Variety of deep but not loud... read more


Two distinct habitats. In Amazonia and R Orinoco region, forest along riverbanks and on river... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and large insects; occasionally lizards (Anolis recorded). Fruits include those of palms, Byrsonima (Malpighiaceae... read more


Laying recorded in Jul in Brazil (Mato Grosso) and Oct in Ecuador; nest-building in Oct in SE Peru. Females on nest recorded also in Oct in... read more


None recorded. Significance of single old record from mouth of Amazon (Mexiana I), well outside... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES III. Scarce or rare in much of range; locally uncommon to fairly common. Numbers reduced, and often quite local in occurrence;... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Amazonian Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus ornatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).