Brazilian name: Araponga
The Bare-throated Bellbird is distributed in eastern Brazil and into adjacent eastern Paraguay and northern Argentina. It is found in the canopy and borders of Atlantic Rain Forest. While still common in some areas, it has declined markedly due to loss of habitat and trapping for the caged-bird trade.
|The male, seen in the first 3
photos, is pure white except for the bare area round the eye and
the large throat patch which are greenish blue in colour. The
bare throat has narrow black bristles which can be seen on the
The female, shown in photos 4 to 6, is olive above with a blackish head and black throat. Below it is pale yellow with broad olive streaks.
|It has the most remarkable
call which sounds like a bell or anvil being struck, is
ventriloqual and extremely loud. It is made with the mouth wide
open as can be seen in photos 3, 7, 8 and 9.
Photos 7, 8 and 9 show an immature male whose plumage is turning from being similar to the female to becoming full male plumage, a process which takes 3 years.
|The males gradually require a
fully adult call and this immature was sounding very like a fully
Occasionally, a shower of droplets is expelled from the mouth during calling as can be seen in photo 8. Photo 9 shows the same bird calling towards a Scaly-throated Parrot Pionus maximiliani that had just landed close by. He flew away startled just after this photo was taken.
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.|
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