Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis)


French: Araponga à gorge nue German: Nacktgesichtkotinga Spanish: Campanero meridional

Ampelis nudicollis


, 1817,

Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


DNA data#R suggest sister relationship to P. averano, with which it shares several male morphological characters (bare thigh patch, modification of outer primaries). Monotypic.


E Brazil (Pernambuco, Alagoas and S Minas Gerais S to S Mato Grosso do Sul and Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

Male 29 cm, 163–225 g; female 27 cm, 140–158 g. Distinctive bellbird; short bill very wide at gape. Male has plumage entirely white; skin of throat and area... read more


Male advertising call a very loud, explosive, metallic “bock”, followed by series of... read more


Humid forest; to c. 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Fruits. In Alagoas and Bahia study areas, 16 fruit species (from 11 families) identified, among them four species of Myrtaceae, two each of... read more


Season in N of range (Alagoas and Bahia) probably Oct–Feb, based on male display and calling; in single known nest, laying probably... read more


Not well understood; altitudinal movements likely, but uncertain whether or not regularly seasonal... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Endemic to the Atlantic Forest. Locally relatively common; rare in Argentina and Paraguay. Numbers have certainly declined as a result of destruction of E... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Bare-throated Bellbird (Procnias nudicollis). 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 27 February 2020).