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Long-wattled Umbrellabird - BirdForum Opus

Cephalopterus penduliger
Photo © by mmdnje
Buenaventura, El Oro, Ecuador, July 2009


41-51 cm (male) or 36-46 cm (female).
All black with overhanging crest and long wattle hanging from central chest. Female and immature similar, but crest smaller and wattle much reduced or absent.


Western Andes of south-western Colombia and western Ecuador (south to El Oro)




Humid forest at 150-1800 m asl.


Diet includes fruit.


Males are known to display at leks and during displays give a foghorn-like booo sound. Females have an alarm call described as aaugh.

Reported as difficult to see outside lekking season.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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