Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger)


French: Coracine casquée German: Langlappen-Schirmvogel Spanish: Paragüero corbatudo

Cephalopterus penduliger

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Pallatanga, Chimborazo, Ecuador




Pacific slope of Andes in SW Colombia (S from Valle) and W Ecuador (S to El Oro).

Descriptive notes

Male 41 cm, female 36 cm; 1 male 338 g. Highly distinctive, with large crest; bill large, corvid-like. Male is black with bluish gloss, duller black on abdomen; umbrella-like... read more


Male advertising call a loud “boooh”, audible for c. 400 m, given at long intervals (19... read more


Humid forest, also secondary growth and traditional farmland; 80–1800 m.

Food and feeding

Fruits of species of palm (Arecaceae), nutmeg (Myristicaceae) and laurel (Lauraceae); also occasionally insects. Nestling in only nest... read more


Male displays from tree branch at traditional “exploded” lek, with up to 8–10 other males; leans forward, greatly expands... read more


Resident. Recorded in the past as occasionally wandering down from main high-altitude forest... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES III. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Rare and local in all parts of range. Global population estimated at 10,000–20,000... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger). 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 13 December 2019).