Seven names for the bellbird: Conservation geography in honduras

Mark Bonta

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In eastern Honduras, the Three-wattled Bellbird is a wanderer of many names and inspirations. In one village it is pájaro cafetero, the coVee bird that heralds a ripening crop. In another it is pimentero, bellwether of the allspice harvest. Olanchanos call it bell ringer, bell tuner, bellbird, calandria, a lark in the rural imagination. This loudest of birds competes with the jet-plane roars of mantled howlers along the cloud forest spine of the Cordillera de Agalta, drowning out the calls and cries of intrepid human visitors. Well below Agalta's jagged ridge crests, young male bellbirds practice their calls in the canopy of Hurricane Mitch-scarred coVee farms, straying occasionally to the highland pine woods and even to tropical dry forest near human dwellings in the densely settled lowland plains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTexas A and M University Press
Number of pages231
ISBN (Print)9781585442492
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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