Long-wattled Umbrellabird

The Long-wattled Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus penduliger) is a species of bird found in western Colombia and Ecuador. Its habitat is the humid forests. It is sensitive to habitat destruction, and because of its large size it is easy to hunt. Only a few populations live within protected areas and it is considered vulnerable.

The male has a long, inflatable wattle on the neck that can be up to 13.75 inches long and covered in short, scaly feathers. The female has a wattle that is only about half the size of the male’s. The call is a loud shout given by the male. The diet is of insects and fruit.

Their nest was first observed by scientists in 2003.

Research by Donald Kroodsma of the Cornell ornithology lab showed that the three-wattled bellbird is unique among members of its
sub-order, in that it learns its song, rather than having the song determined by instinct.

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