Procnias – Neotropical bellbirds

Wattles and beards make these birds look like they work at special designations in the jungle’s government department

Genus members exhibit sex dimorphism (difference in appearance); therefore, it is easy to discern a male from a female. White seems to be a favorite color among males, but females usually carry cryptic plumage.

In fact, each species in this genus has a distinct appearance and personality. At first glance, you might think that the long wattles or beard makes these species look fierce but wait till you see them open their mouths and speak. Yes, the huge mouth accompanied by mustaches or beard follows a loud shrieking noise which is guaranteed to make you jump. Like all other Passerine, they also have feet designed to help perch on the barks.