Amazonian Umbrellabirds

The Amazonian Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus ornatus) occurs in two main populations:

  • Amazon Basin - in woodland and forest, mainly near rivers
  • Eastern Andes - in forested foothills


The Amazonian Umbrellabird is the largest passerine in South America, with a length of up to 50 cm (20 in) including its tail; the males tend to be larger in size than females.

The plumage of the Amazonian Umbrellabird is almost entirely black and this species has a conspicuous crest on the top of its head, and an inflatable wattle on the neck, which serves to amplify their loud, booming calls.

Relevant Web Resources

Cotingas ... Umbrellabirds

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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