Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Bearded Bellbird (Procnias averano)


French: Araponga barbu German: Bartkotinga Spanish: Campanero barbudo

Ampelis Averano


, 1783,

no locality = north-east Brazil


See P. nudicollis (above). Some DNA-sequence data#R suggest that the two races, which differ significantly in body size, may be more highly differentiated than is presently realized. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. carnobarba (Cuvier, 1816) – extreme N Colombia (Sierra de Perijá), N, SE & extreme S Venezuela, N Brazil (Roraima) and adjacent W Guyana; also Trinidad.
  • P. a. averano (Hermann, 1783) – NE Brazil (S Maranhão and N Ceará S to Alagoas and extreme NE Mato Grosso#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 28 cm, one bird 178g; female 26·5 cm, three birds 127–135 g. Distinctive bellbird; short bill very wide at gape. Male nominate race has black from lores... read more


    Male advertising call a very loud hammer-like “bock”, also a repeated, much less loud... read more


    Humid forest and mature secondary woodland; mainly in hill country, to c. 1900 m. Generally occurs... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits. In detailed Trinidad study, those of 44 species (40 trees, 4 vines) recorded, the families Lauraceae and Burseraceae, with large... read more


    Laying in Apr–Nov in Trinidad, probably May–Sept in N Venezuela. Male gives loud advertising calls from high treetop perch;... read more


    Mostly resident. Well-studied Trinidad population essentially sedentary, with some movement of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common, and local, in most of range; relatively common in Trinidad. Race carnobarba occurs in several protected areas.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Bearded Bellbird (Procnias averano). 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 22 January 2020).