Family Trumpeters (Psophiidae)

Critically Endangered

Black-winged Trumpeter (Psophia obscura)


French: Agami obscur German: Braunflügel-Trompetervogel Spanish: Trompetero alioscuro

Psophia obscura


, 1857,

Pará, Brazil


Closely related to all other congeners. Usually considered conspecific with P. viridis and P. dextralis; P viridis differs in its green middle and lower mantle (3); conspicuous iridescent purple hindneck (2); conspicuous iridescent purple outer wing-coverts (ns[2]); pale bill and legs (3); possibly larger bill (inadequate sample in published manual#R) (ns); P. dextralis differs in its mid-brown shading to olive-brown vs dark brown shading to dark green mantle (3); virtual absence of colour vs some colour on hindneck (2); virtual absence of colour vs some colour on outer wing-coverts (2); possibly larger bill (inadequate sample in published manual#R) (ns). Molecular evidence supports its separation#R. Monotypic.


NE Brazil S of R Amazon (NE Pará and W Maranhão#R, E of R Tocantins).

Descriptive notes

45–52 cm. Plumage is uniformly black, except for dark brown mantle and hind-wing patch becoming dark green distally; typically, has much-reduced traces of iridescence on... read more


Song a series of low humming notes, much as that of P. viridis. Groups utter various harsh... read more


Found in dense lowland rainforest, away from human settlement.

Food and feeding

Very few data. Diet thought to include fruit, arthropods, small vertebrates and carrion. Recorded in groups of three or more individuals.


Very little known. Probably breeds Jan–Apr, at least.


Presumed to be sedentary and territorial.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. A restricted-range species, found only in the Belém Centre of Endemism, where its total range covers 228,000 km². Very poorly known. Highly threatened... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Black-winged Trumpeter (Psophia obscura). 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 24 February 2019).