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Doliornis sclateri

Bay-vented Cotinga

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan

Doliornis sclateri

Bosque Unchog, Huánuco, Peru; 13 October 2007 © Joe Tobias

Both species of the exclusively high Andean genus Doliornis are very poorly known cotingas. Whereas Chestnut-bellied Cotinga (Doliornis remseni) went undescribed until the close of the 20th century, the Peruvian endemic, Bay-vented Cotinga was initially encountered in 1874, when a pair was collected in central Peru, but thereafter, until the early 1970s, this species was known from just three additional specimens, all taken in 1921 at the same locality as the types. Increased fieldwork in recent decades has improved our knowledge of its range, but the ecology of this species remains poorly known to the present day. Males have a black crown and nape (with a partially concealed red crest), and are dark brown above and paler brown below, with rufous undertail coverts, whilst female Bay-vented Cotingas are almost identical, but lack the black crown.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan. 2012. Bay-vented Cotinga (Doliornis sclateri), 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:Elfin forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Vulnerable