Family Australo-Papuan Bellbirds (Oreoicidae)

Least Concern

Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis)


French: Carillonneur huppé German: Schwarz-Haubendickkopf Spanish: Silbador campanillero

Falcunculus gutturalis

Vigors and Horsfield

, 1827,

“Kent’s Group, Bass Strait”, Australia


Races intergrade. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • O. g. pallescens Mathews, 1912 – Western Australia (except SW & S), Northern Territory (except N), South Australia (except S) and W & C Queensland.
  • O. g. gutturalis (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827) – SW & S Western Australia, S third of South Australia, SC Queensland, W two-thirds of New South Wales and N Victoria.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–23 cm; 56–67 g. Male nominate race has centre of forehead and crown to nape black, feathers elongated as crest, sides of crown and head from eye to nape grey,... read more


    Song with ringing, ventriloquial quality, starting softly and then intensifying, opening notes... read more


    Drier wooded habitats, particularly eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland, including mallee, and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, mainly insects; some seeds. Forages mainly on ground, occasionally in dense vegetation in low shrubs; sometimes to higher... read more


    Eggs found late Jul to early Mar; some local variation according to rain. Territorial. Nest built by both sexes, a deep cup with outer... read more


    Present throughout year at some localities; alleged to move widely in winter or to be nomadic in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; widespread. Nominate race has disappeared from more than 50% of its range, particularly along S & E periphery, contracting... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis). 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 21 October 2019).