Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Bare-necked Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabricollis)


French: Coracine ombrelle German: Nacktkehl-Schirmvogel Spanish: Paragüero cuellicalvo

Cephalopterus glabricollis


, 1851,

Chiriquí, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Panama




Mountains and surrounding foothills and lowlands of Costa Rica (E from Cordillera Guanacaste) and Panama (E to Veraguas); in non-breeding season also S Nicaragua#R.

Descriptive notes

Male 41 cm, 450 g; female 36 cm, 320 g. Highly distinctive, with large crest; bill large, corvid-like. Male is black; umbrella-like crest, feathers outwardly curling and... read more


Male advertising call two resounding booms in quick succession, with accompanying dry hacking... read more


Primary forest; 750–2100 m in breeding season, lowlands to 500 m in rest of year.

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, supplemented by lizards, frogs and large insects. Plant families recorded in diet include Arecaceae, Flacourtiaceae,... read more


Laying recorded in Apr in Costa Rica; probable season, indicated by male display, Mar–May or Jun. Male displays from subcanopy perch... read more


Regular seasonal migration in Costa Rica, spending much of year in lowlands and foothills, females... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA and Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Uncommon to rare, and local throughout range.... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Bare-necked Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabricollis). 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 23 February 2020).