Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

White Bellbird (Procnias albus)


French: Araponga blanc German: Einlappenkotinga Spanish: Campanero blanco

Ampelis alba


, 1783,



Genetic data#R indicate sister relationship to P. tricarunculatus, with which it shares several morphological characters. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. albus (Hermann, 1783) – E & extreme S Venezuela (E Bolívar, Cerro de la Neblina), the Guianas and adjacent N Brazil (N Roraima and N Pará).
  • P. a. wallacei Oren & Novaes, 1985 – Serra dos Carajás, in SE Pará (Brazil); recorded also, perhaps this race, in NE Pará (Bagre)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 28·5 cm, female 27·5 cm; male 210–215 g (albus), 219 g and 222 g (wallacei). Bill short, and very wide at gape. Male is... read more


    Male advertising call a very loud, sharp, bell-like “ding-ding”; also, very musical,... read more


    Humid forest; to c. 1250 m, probably breeding at higher levels. Generally occurs at lower... read more

    Food and feeding

    Only fruit recorded; taken mainly in flight sallies, less often while perched; swallowed whole.


    Not recorded. Female seen to break off and drop fine twigs (of tree favoured as nest material by other cotingas) in Feb in S Guyana;... read more


    Little understood. Main range (presumed breeding area) centred in hilly areas of Guianan region,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Status uncertain; uncommon, thinly distributed and difficult to observe, although conspicuous and very locally common when singing. Populations in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). White Bellbird (Procnias albus). 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).