Meet the Three-Wattled Bellbird, a Mustached Bird Like No Other

A bird with a mustache on his face, which is covered in a coating of reddish and brown, drew our attention recently. Because of the white color, its head stands out. The environment is home to a plethora of unique creatures who never cease to amaze us with their majesty.


The three worm-like wattles of skin that hang from the bill's base give it its name. When stretched during songs and interactions these wattles can reach a length of 10 cm (3.9 in). Even when expanded, the wattles stay flaccid.

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The three-Wattled Bellbirds like other bird families have males and females with distinct characteristics. The male's head and throat are white, and the rest of his plumage is chestnut brown. The female has olive plumage with a yellow vent region and yellowish striped underparts. The three-wattled bellbird breeds in Costa Rica's highland regions and migrates to western Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama in the winter.


Bellbirds are known to be the world's loudest birds. Their tunes are strange and last a long time. Due to habitat destruction, their living conditions are currently classed as fragile. In Costa Rica, these birds breed at high elevations. Male birds shake their wattles while singing to attract females during the breeding season.

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The center of the three wattles can be constructed into an upright position, and they can be as long as 10 cm (4 in). Female bellbirds are smaller and less striking than male bellbirds. They have whitish streaking on the face, a buffy-streaked throat, and golden-brown streaking along the chest, as well as pale-grey under-tail coverts.

Fruit is a favorite food of three-wattled bellbirds, especially those from the Lauraceae family, which includes the avocado.

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Check out the video below to listen to their special tune.

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