The Long-Wattled Umbrellabird!

Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids

With it’s Elvis Presley-like feather-do and weird chest wattle, the Long-wattled Umbrellabird is a site to see.

Don’t live near the wet, humid forests on the western slopes of Columbia and Ecuador where this species is found? No problem. We’ve “flown” through the internet to bring you some fun facts on this odd bird.

Check them out!

Did You Know?

The all-black male Long-wattled Umbrellabird gets its name from the crest of fine, hair-like feathers that hang all the way over its bill (like an umbrella). That must come in handy when it rains!

This bird also has a long wattle that is covered in short, scaly feathers hanging from its long-wattled-umbrellabird-cephalchest. This wattle of feathers can measure around 14 inches in length!

During mating season, the Long-wattled inflates these feathers – they look like a pine cone!

Females and immature birds are only half the size of males…

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