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Ampelion rufaxilla

Chestnut-crested Cotinga

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S

Ampelion rufaxilla

Antioquia, Colombia; 14 June 2009 © Juan D Ramirez Rpo

Chestnut-crested Cotinga is a medium sized cotinga of humid montane forest of the Andes, where it is patchily distributed from central Colombia south to northern Bolivia. Chestnut-crested Cotinga typically is uncommon but where present is generally noticeable due to its preference for the canopy. Though its field marks are often obscured by the misty climate in which it lives, the combination of dark forehead, red crest, nape, cheeks and throat and yellow streaking below readily distinguish it from all other species present in appropriate habitat, especially from its congener, Red-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rubrocristatus). The call of Chestnut-crested Cotinga is similar to that of Red-crested Cotinga, a series of deep chucks ending with a 1 sec creaking croak.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. 2012. Chestnut-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rufaxilla), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 1 - 1
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern